US, Central American officials meet as Trump signals shift

Posted June 16, 2017

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence held up Venezuela on Thursday as a prime example of what happens when democracy is undermined and urged Latin American leaders to condemn its government, in comments that Venezuela's president called nauseating.

Cullen is a seasoned federal criminal attorney with experience relevant to the assignment - he has handled politically sensitive case work as special counsel to Senator Paul Tribe during the Iran-Contra investigation, he is a former U.S. Attorney, and he served on the House staff for Rep. Caldwell Butler (R-VA) during the Watergate investigation.

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That's according to a statement from Pence spokesman Jarrod Agen. The law firm referred questions back to the vice president's office.

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

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is meeting with leaders of Central America and senior officials from Mexico as President Donald Trump signals a policy shift toward the region.

Pence picked the attorney earlier this week, following a several-week selection process that included interviews with several possible choices, an aide told the newspaper.

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The Washington Post was first to report the news. He also was part of George W. Bush's legal team during vote recount in Florida during the 2000 presidential election. The investigation is also looking into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow. Trump lashed out at that report at various times on Thursday through his Twitter feed, even recalling language from the campaign to criticize Hillary Clinton as "Crooked H". Trump later contradicted his own staff, saying on May 11 he had the Russian Federation issue in mind when he fired Comey.Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's legal team, denounced the Post report, saying on Wednesday: "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017 You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! He has defended large corporations in Department of Justice investigations, and served as Virginia's attorney general in the late 1990s. "We think it's very hard to signal support effectively when you are proposing such draconian cuts", said Geoff Thale, a program director with the Washington Office on Latin America.