Pence Raised Nearly $500,000 From Donors to Pay Mueller Legal Defense

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Most of the cash raised by the trust — $480,000 — was paid to McGuireWoods, the law firm that represented Mr. Pence in the Mueller investigation. Mr. Pence was represented by a partner at the firm, Richard Cullen, a former Virginia attorney general and United States attorney.

The remaining funds in the trust were spent on administrative expenses, and it was closed in August, according to the disclosure filing.

Mr. Pence’s office said that the fees the trust paid to McGuireWoods represented the totality of the vice president’s legal costs associated with the Mueller investigation, and that he did not pay any fees with his own money.

Over the last few years, other such legal funds have popped up to help current and former members of the Trump administration.

One group, the Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust, said it aimed to help “members of President Trump’s campaign, transition and administration” cover costs related to the special counsel and congressional investigations. Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate, and his wife, Miriam Adelson, donated $500,000 to the fund, whose beneficiaries included Stephen Miller and Dan Scavino, both senior White House officials.

Separately, Mr. Trump’s campaign committees and the Republican National Committee paid legal fees related to the various investigations, while at least one of the president’s lawyers, Rudolph W. Giuliani, worked free.

Unlike Mr. Trump, whose financial disclosure typically runs dozens of pages to account for his varied financial interests, Mr. Pence disclosed no reportable income outside his government salary on the filing released Tuesday. He also has a pension from his time as governor of Indiana, though he did not receive any income from it last year.


Kenneth P. Vogel and Ben Protess

2020-06-30 19:35:27

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