Vice President Mike Pence hires outside counsel in Russia probe

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is the special counsel leading the investigation, which includes looking at possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

That's according to a statement from Pence spokesman Jarrod Agen.

Cullen also served as the attorney general of Virginia and as a USA attorney under President George H.W. Bush. Trump has already hired his own outside lawyer. He served as special counsel to former Sen. His decision to hire Cullen seems wise, as this investigation shows no signs of losing steam anytime soon. Many expect Trump to roll back several policies and actions from former President Barack Obama done in an effort to help thaw relations between the two nations.

Cullen is no stranger to high-profile federal investigations.

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An aide tells NPR the decision to hire an outside lawyer has been under consideration for weeks, and Pence chose to go forward with it earlier this week. Special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional committees are investigating possible ties between the Trump campaign and suspected Russian efforts to sway the election in Trump's favor.

The president denies doing anything wrong and has called the investigations a "witch hunt".

The conference, which lasts until Friday, is expected to bring a diverse group of governments and business leaders from the USA and Central Americas together. The Associated Press and other news organizations have also reported that Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in December proposed a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin. Cullen and Comey used to work together at McGuireWoods.

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