He may be the one guy on the Trump team that hasn’t seemed to have his name dragged into the legal battle with the FBI’s special counsel. But Vice President Mike Pence just hired outside legal counsel to advise with both congressional committee inquiries and the special counsel investigation into possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. The vice president’s office said Thursday that Pence had retained Richard Cullen, a Richmond-based lawyer and chairman of McGquireWoods.
Cullen previously served as a U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. “I can confirm that the Vice President has retained Richard Cullen of McGuireWoods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel,” said Jarrod Agen, a Pence spokesman said in a written statement. “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,” he continued.
Pence’s office also disclosed that the decision to retain Cullen underscores the vice president’s desire to cooperate with any inquiries related to the Russia probe entirely. He has followed the president’s lead, who hired Marc Kasowitz soon after it was announced that Mueller would lead a special counsel. Kasowitz has told White House personnel that they do not need to hire their own private lawyers, but it is possible that this move by Pence will start a scramble among other West Wing players, many who must be just waiting for subpoenas.
President Trump has come under heavy scrutiny for firing FBI Director James Comey. Pence — along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, senior adviser Jared Kushner, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and White House Counsel Donald McGahn — was one of the small group of top advisers the president consulted as he contemplated his decision. And Pence was the person who received the information from Michael Flynn that has now been determined to be a lie.
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