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Source: Pence hires outside attorney for Russia probe: Report

Vice President Mike Pence has hired Richard Cullen, an attorney from Richmond, Va., to work with the congressional committees and special counsel on their investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election, according to a report Thursday.

“I can confirm that the Vice President has retained Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel,” Jarrod Agen, a spokesman for Pence, said in a statement to the Washington Post. “The Vice President is focused entirely on his duties and promoting the President’s agenda and looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter.”

Cullen currently chairs McGuire Woods and previously worked as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia during George W. Bush’s tenure in the Oval Office. He also aided Bush’s legal team during the 2000 presidential election’s Florida recount effort.Pence reportedly considered a number of candidates over the past few weeks but made his decision to hire Cullen earlier this week.Pence’s hire comes nearly a month after Trump picked Marc Kasowitz as his outside legal help.