Pence raised almost $ 500,000 from donors to pay Mueller Legal Defense


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 firm partner, Richard Cullen, a former Virginia attorney general and United States attorney.

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

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

In recent years, other legal funds have appeared to help current and former members of the Trump administration.

One group, the Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust, said its goal was to help “members of President Trump’s campaign, transition and administration” cover the costs related to special advice and investigations by Congress. Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino tycoon, and his wife, Miriam Adelson, donated $ 500,000 to the fund, the beneficiaries of which included Stephen Miller and Dan Scavino, both senior White House officials.

Separately, 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 attorneys, Rudolph W. Giuliani, worked for free.

Unlike Trump, whose financial disclosure generally spans dozens of pages to account for his varied financial interests, Pence did not disclose any reportable income outside of his government salary in the filing released Tuesday. He also has a pension from his time as governor of Indiana, although he received no income last year.

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