U.S. Vice President Mike Pence held up Venezuela on Thursday as a prime example of what happens when democracy is undermined and urged Latin American leaders to condemn its government, in comments that Venezuela's president called nauseating.
Richard previously served as Virginia attorney general and USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Pence's decision comes several weeks after the president hired his longtime personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, to handle Russia-related inquiries.
"The vice president is focused entirely on his duties. and looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter", Agen said.
Vice President Mike Pence has lawyered up.
He dismissed as "phony" the idea that his campaign colluded with any Russian effort to sway the 2016 election. He represented Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican and former majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, during the investigation into corrupt Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
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.
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Pence, who after the election served as head of Trump's White House transition team, has stood by Trump's assertion that there are no ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.
The Washington Post first reported Cullen's hiring. He also was part of George W. Bush's legal team during vote recount in Florida during the 2000 presidential election.
But at Thursday night's congressional baseball game, for which lawmakers were practicing when they were fired upon, Pence said the best of America will shine.
USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered in last year's presidential campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favor. Spiro T. Agnew, Richard Nixon's vice president, retained outside counsel when he came under investigation on charges of extortion, tax fraud, bribery and conspiracy. But he did not hire a counsel during the investigation and subsequent impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
The new allegations against Trump centre on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the direction of the inquiry.
And Vice President Dick Cheney consulted Terrence O'Donnell, a partner at Williams & Connolly, on several issues during his time in the Bush administration.