BREAKING: VP Mike Pence Just Made a Huge Move to Defend Himself from the Russia Probe

BREAKING: VP Mike Pence Just Made a Huge Move to Defend Himself from the Russia Probe

Pence Retains Counsel

The Vice President has lawyered up. The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Vice President Mike Pence has “retained Richard Cullen, a Richmond-based lawyer and chairman of McGuireWoods.” Cullen is a former US Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, which happens to be the same district where a grand jury issued subpoenas to associates of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn in May.

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Cullen is no stranger to representing politicians under a cloud of scandal. According to Heavy, Cullen has previously represented Representative M. Caldwell Butler during the Watergate hearings, served as special counsel to Senator Paul S. Trible Jr. during the Iran-Contra investigation, and represented Tom DeLay during the investigation into his connections to corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The decision to hire Cullen came at the end of a lengthy search, according to the Post,

“The process of hiring a lawyer took several weeks and included interviews with several candidates, a Pence aide said. The vice president made his final decision earlier this week.”

Although Donald Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz has advised White House personnel that they don’t need to retain representation, the investigation into what the White House knew about Flynn’s secret foreign lobbying first dinged Pence shortly after inauguration. As Special Counsel Robert Mueller III’s investigation grows an all-star team with decades of experience investigating international organized crime, and formally wades into the Oval Office, it makes sense for Pence to move to defend himself. The Post speculated that the Vice President’s move “could set off a scramble among other West Wing aides” to lawyer up.

Pence’s decision comes on the heels of Trump threatening to fire Mueller, the Special Counsel leaking that he was investigating Trump for obstruction of justice and that he is investigating the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The move reveals a White House staff gripped at the highest levels with concern about where this investigation is headed and acknowledging a hard reality: for anyone still carrying water for Trump, it’s going to be a hot summer on the Potomac.

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