VP Pence retains legal counsel in probe of Russian ties to Trump campaign

Vice President Mike Pence’s office confirmed Thursday the former Indiana governor has hired Washington, D.C.-based powerhouse lawyer Robert Cullen to represent him amid an expanding inquiry over alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“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,” Pence spokesman, Jarrod Agen, said in a statement.

Mr. Pence’s choice of Cullen came after weeks of deliberation in which the vice president interviewed several candidates to fulfill the role. Pence’s office also confirmed no taxpayer dollars will be used to pay for Cullen’s legal representation.

Over the last two days, reports have surfaced special counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating the president for alleged obstruction of justice regarding the federal probe, as well as White House adviser Jared Kushner’s business dealings with Russia.

President Trump confirmed Friday he is under investigation by Mueller.

Cullen, who is chairman of McGuireWoods LLP, is a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and once served as a counsel to retired Senator Paul Trible during the Iran-Contra hearings. Among his ex-clients are former Texas Republican Congressman Tom DeLay, convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and Elin Nordegren, the ex-wife of professional golfer Tiger Woods.

Since entering private practice in 1977, Cullen has been employed with McGuireWoods, a firm based in Richmond, Va., with offices throughout the U.S. and Europe.

A specialist in corporate law, Cullen advises corporate executives and elected officials and has extensive experience in civil and criminal litigation.  Often representing corporations, Cullen has established himself as an authority in assisting Fortune 500 firms in calculating risks involving regulatory enforcement.

 

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