World

U.S. Vice President Pence hires his own lawyer for Russia probes

16 June 2017 - 31   - 0

(Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has hired a lawyer known for defending government officials in high-profile investigations to help him with probes into whether there were ties between the election campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia, his office said on Thursday.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered in last year's presidential campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favour.

Trump, who hired his own lawyer last month for probes by a special counsel and congressional committees, lashed out on Thursday after a report that he was under investigation for possible obstruction of justice.

He dismissed as "phony" the idea that his campaign colluded with any Russian effort to sway the 2016 election. Moscow denies meddling in the campaign.

Pence hired Richard Cullen, chairman of law firm McGuireWoods, to help him respond to inquiries from special counsel Robert Mueller, a spokesman said.

Cullen is a former federal prosecutor who has long ties to former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired on May 9. He represents former FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the corruption probe into world soccer's governing body. U.S. prosecutors have not accused Blatter of wrongdoing.

Cullen, who supported Trump's rival Jeb Bush during the race for the Republican presidential nomination, also 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. DeLay was not charged.

Pence had been looking at hiring his own counsel for several weeks, and made his decision earlier this week after interviewing several candidates, his office said.

  Comments - 0

  • Leave a comment



 

Top Stories

Protest against Uma Oya Project tomorrow

The Organization to safeguard Uma Oya is planning to hold a massive public protest tomorrow (28) in Bandarawela town over the Government's alle...

27 June 2017 - Views : 1

Unions launch Indefinite postal strike

27 June 2017

Sri Lankans from Christmas Island sent to Colombo overnight via Australian Govt. chartered jet

26 June 2017

AirAsia faces fresh probe after troubled Perth-Kuala Lumpur flight

26 June 2017



style="display:inline-block;width:300px;height:250px"
data-ad-client="ca-pub-6200193111498313"
data-ad-slot="1999573490">

 

Features & Analysis

New toy taking China by storm can fire needles and nails as well as toothpicks, leading to concerns over safety

(AFP) Handheld mini-crossbows that can fire needles and nails are the latest must-have toy in China but anx...

Delving into Sri Lankan nature with Eco Team's Ahas Pokuna

Anuruddha Bandara; a pioneer in tourism innovations has created Sri Lanka’s first, all-suite, luxury, pri...

Lankan Ambassador in Qatar attends Ifthar Dinner celebration at Emir's invitation

The Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani hosted an Ifthar Dinner celebration recently at ...

A glimpse inside the beautiful ‘super-luxury’ M.V. Majestic Princess

The ‘super-luxury’ M.V. Majestic Princess stopped over in Colombo Port on her 49-day maiden voyage from R...



style="display:inline-block;width:300px;height:250px"
data-ad-client="ca-pub-6200193111498313"
data-ad-slot="1999573490">