Vice President Mike Pence has hired Richard Cullen, chairman of law firm McGuire Woods, a former US federal prosecutor with ties to former FBI Director James Comey, and a lawyer known for defending government officials in high-profile investigations, reports the Huffington Post.
“Cullen represents former FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the corruption probe into world soccer’s governing body. He represented Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican and former majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, during the investigation into corrupt Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff,” says HuffPost.
The vice president, perhaps, is following the president’s lead. Trump hired his own lawyer last month to defend himself in probes by special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees. Pence will certainly also require help him defending himself in the various investigations into the ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, a point his own office confirmed on Thursday.
Mueller, of course, is investigating whether anyone on Trump’s campaign had any illegal dealings with Russian intelligence agents but he is also looking at whether Trump or others attempted to cover up or obstruct the investigation into them.
As the head of Trump’s transition team, Pence certainly is at great risk.