US Vice President follows President Trump’s footsteps in hiring an independent lawyer to handle the Russia investigation inquiries.
Mike Pence’s Decision
US Vice President Mike Pence has hired an independent lawyer to handle all Russia investigation inquiries. This comes just under a month after President Donald Trump hired his own independent lawyer for the same thing.
The lawyer hired is Richard Cullen, as confirmed by Mike Pence’s office. He had served as an attorney for Virginia’s Eastern District during George H.W Bush’s terms.
Trump hired Marc Kasowitz as his independent lawyer. Unlike Cullen, Kasowitz doesn’t have particular experience with political cases. He has however represented Trump in several civil cases.
His professional biography says: “Described by CNBC as the ‘toughest lawyer on Wall Street’ and by Bloomberg Financial News as an ‘uberlitigator,’ Marc E. Kasowitz is widely regarded as one of the preeminent trial lawyers in the country.” Kasowitz recently came out to speak against former director James Comey’s testimony against Trump regarding the Russia allegations.
Cullen however, has had a long history in high-profile cases, especially in the Republican circle.
Confirmation of the Decision
Jarrod Agen, Mike Pence’s communications director, issued a statement, saying: “I can confirm that the Vice President has retained Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel.”
“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.” he added.
Pence and the Russia Controversy
The vice president wasn’t under particular scrutiny by the media regarding the Russia investigation. However, he was the one who hired Michael Flynn, the adviser of national security who was later fired by Trump for having conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, without disclosing it to Mike Pence.