US Vice President Pence hires Watergate veteran as personal lawyer

Michele Moreno
June 16, 2017

According to ABC News, a spokesman for Pence confirmed the hire an in emailed statement.

The vice president's office said Thursday that Pence has retained Richard Cullen, a Richmond, Virginia-based lawyer and chairman of McGuire Woods who previously served as a USA attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.

President Donald Trump last month named Marc Kasowitz, a New York-based trial lawyer, as his private attorney for the Russian Federation investigation. He also served as special counsel to Virginia Sen.

Cullen served as a USA attorney under President George H.W. Bush and is now the chairman of the McGuireWoods LLP law firm in Richmond, Virginia, according to ABC News.

Cullen - who has experience litigating the Iran-Contra investigation, Watergate and the 2000 vote recount in Florida - is a former USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. The law firm referred questions back to the vice president's office.

Mueller and congressional committees are investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible connections with Trump's campaign.

The Washington Post was first to report the news.

The president denies doing anything wrong and has called the investigations a "witch hunt". Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, originally misled Pence about his contacts with Russian officials - incorrect claims that Pence himself then repeatedly publicly.

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

Other reports by Insurance News

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