Vice president to travel to Central and South America

The Foreign Secretary of Mexico Luis Videgaray left Secretary of State Rex Tillerson center and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly right meet during a conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America Thursday

The Foreign Secretary of Mexico Luis Videgaray left Secretary of State Rex Tillerson center and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly right meet during a conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America Thursday

Pence's hire comes just one day after The Washington Post reported Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice.

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

"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". His official biography from McGuireWoods lists, in addition to his time at the Justice Department, his experience working for former Sen.

Cullen served as a US attorney under President George H.W. Bush and is now the chairman of the McGuireWoods LLP law firm in Richmond, Virginia, according to ABC News.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America Thursday
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Cullen - who has experience litigating the Iran-Contra investigation, Watergate and the 2000 vote recount in Florida - is a former United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Cullen referred questions to the vice president's office. The vice president was kept in the dark for almost two weeks about Flynn's misstatements, before learning the truth in a Washington Post report.

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

Pence is expected to meet with government and business leaders. 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. He delivered an on-camera statement sharply criticizing James Comey after the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's recent testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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