Pence calls hiring of counsel 'routine'

While Pence is most likely in the margins of the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign and administration, the presence of special counsel Robert Mueller means that Pence will nearly certainly be questioned by investigators and will therefore need legal advice on how to navigate his way through the various inquiries. A few days ago Mueller widened the scope of his inquiry to include a criminal investigation of the president.

Scrutiny of the president's actions has intensified since he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last month.

Mr Trump - who has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation - said the move was the latest action in a "phony story".

"A flourishing economy gives people a reason, a reason to put down roots in the land of their birth and to grow rather than fleeing to the north", Pence told leaders of the countries, along with senior officials from Mexico, at a two-day conference in Miami. Others pointed out that forming the PAC could be a sign of Pence's intent to run for higher office.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the USA views it as practical to assist the countries of the Northern Triangle, which in recent years have become a principal transit route for US-bound illegal drugs and have experienced some of the world's highest homicide rates. "The vice president is focused entirely on his duties and promoting the president agenda and looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter", Agen said in a statement.

He represented high profile clients such as former U.S. congressman Tom DeLay and Elin Nordegren, ex-wife of golfer Tiger Woods.

Pence advisers and staff are also concerned about being drug into the investigation.

President Donald Trump hired his longtime personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, as his own outside legal representative.

In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump called the Post's report "phony".

Trump and the White House have long maintained that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians and more recently denied that the president in any way tried to obstruct justice. Flynn was forced to resign after misleading Pence about his contacts and conversations Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the USA, during the transition. He is a good guy.

The White House has said the president "has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".

A number of Pence advisers and staff worked out of Trump Tower during the transition - and are now anxious about being dragged into legal issues.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Comey had presented no evidence to prove that Moscow meddled in the USA election, adding that Washington had tried to influence Russian elections "year after year".

  • Zachary Reyes