Friday, June 16, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence Has Lawyered Up!
Today the office of Vice President Mike Pence issued a statement that a lawyer was retained in direct response to the probes into whether there was collusion between Donald Trump and his election campaign with Russia.
This news breaks as we learned last Thursday that Trump had hired his own lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, to help with the probes by a special counsel and congressional committees.
As opposed to Trump who hired New York based Lawyer and long time friend Marc Kasowitz Pence instead chose Richard Cullen, a former U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and has long ties to former FBI Director James Comey.
Cullen, unlike Kasowitz, has represented many former politicians such as the former majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Tom DeLay, corrupt Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former Sen. Paul Tribe during the Iran-Contra investigation and was on the staff of former Rep. M. Caldwell Butler during the Watergate investigation.
Reportedly Pence had been looking at hiring his own counsel for several weeks, and made his decision earlier this week after interviewing several candidates.
In what can only be seen as floating a trial balloon for his future defense against the Russian collusion question a Pence spokesman told the media that the Vice President was "out of the loop" during the transition.