As signs of the Trump/Russia investigation heating up, Vice President Mike Pence has hired outside counsel to represent his interests in both the ongoing Special Counsel and Congressional investigations.
The Vice President will be represented by Richard Cullen. Mr. Cullen is the Chairman of McGuire Woods based out of Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Cullen has experience with previous federal investigations, to include:
Working for Former Representative Caldwell Butler (R-Va.) during the investigation into Watergate, and also serving as a special counsel to Former Senator Paul Trible (R-Va.) during the investigation into Iran-Contra.
Additionally, Mr. Cullen had served as lead counsel for Tom Delay (Former House Majority Leader) in an investigation between Delay’s ties to Jack Abramoff and was a representative to George W. Bush’s judicial team during the 2000 presidential election Florida recount. Furthermore, Mr. Cullen lists previous roles as the Virginia attorney general and served as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia under George H.W. Bush’s Presidency.
An emailed statement from a Pence spokesman said, “I can confirm that the Vice President has retained Richard Cullen of the law firm, McGuireWoods, to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel,” and goes on to add, “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.”
The Vice President’s decision to hire independent representation comes as he faces increased scrutiny for his role as the leader of Trump’s transitional team. To include, questions around the Vice President allowing General Mike Flynn to join the administration despite a written warning from the House Oversight Committee ranking Democrat, Representative Elijah Cummings.