Pence hires outside counsel to handle Russia inquiries

Vice President Mike Pence has hired an outside lawyer to assist him during congressional hearings and the special counsel investigation into Russia’s election meddling and possible collusion between Moscow and President Trump’s campaign. Pence’s decision to line up outside counsel — Richmond-based lawyer Richard Cullen — came less than a month after Trump’s hiring of his private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, to represent him in matters related to the Russia inquiries. The Washington Post reported this week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has been broadened to examine whether Trump tried to obstruct justice, and whether any Trump associates received money from Russian officials, and hid it.

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