Pence hires outside legal counsel

Posted June 16, 2017

Pence on Thursday traveled to Miami for a conference covering issues affecting Central America. Pence has retained former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Richard Cullen, who is chairman of McGuire Woods, the Post reported.

Pence also thanked doctors and staff at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, his spokesman said.

Pence hired outside counsel to represent him before congressional inquiries and federal investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Pence's office confirms he has hired Richard Cullen, who served as US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia during the term of George H.W. Bush and later worked on George W. Bush's legal team during the 2000 Florida recount.

Aides said the vice president had considered several candidates before settling on Cullen and made his final decision earlier this week.

Cullen also served as special counsel to U.S. Senator Paul Trible (R-VA) during the Iran-Contra investigation and was on the staff of Rep. M. Caldwell Butler (R-VA) during the Watergate investigation.

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Pence chaired the president's transition after the election - a period during which Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn had repeated contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

President Donald Trump last month named Marc Kasowitz, a New York-based trial lawyer, as his private attorney for the Russian Federation investigation.

But obstruction came into play after Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last month.

The Washington Post was first to report the news.

According to his McGuireWoods bio page, Cullen is "frequently called on to conduct confidential internal investigations to assist corporations in assessing the risk of criminal prosecution or regulatory enforcement".