Pence hires outside legal counsel

Vice President Mike Pence, right, takes his seat after introducing President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 1, 2017, to announce that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate change accord. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has hired outside legal counsel to oversee his response to investigations into possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Pence’s office confirms that he has retained Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods “to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel.”

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

Richard previously served as Virginia attorney general and U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The president has also hired a private lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.