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Politico: Manafort Replaces Legal Team in Wake of FBI Raid

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Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

By    |   Thursday, 10 Aug 2017 07:49 PM

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is employing a different law firm as federal investigators continue to probe whether he had improper ties to Russia.

One day after it became known the FBI conducted a pre-dawn raid of Manafort's Virginia home last month, Politico reported Thursday that Manafort — who worked for Trump's presidential campaign from March to August 2016 — is retaining the services of a boutique law firm in Washington, D.C.

Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni told Politico, "Mr. Manafort is in the process of retaining his former counsel, Miller & Chevalier, to represent him in the office of special counsel investigation. As of today, WilmerHale no longer represents Mr. Manafort."

WilmerHale had represented Manafort up to this point during the investigation into whether he colluded with Russia during Trump's campaign. No evidence has been made public that suggests he had an improper relationship with the Kremlin, although he has done lobbying work for several foreign leaders in the past. Federal and Congressional investigators are combing through documents and records in search of a link.

Politico also claimed Thursday the FBI sought out cooperation from Manafort's son-in-law Jeffrey Yohai this summer, likely in an effort to put more pressure on Manafort. CNN noted Yohai met with federal investigators and provided them with documents and information.

It was reported last month Manafort was in debt to pro-Russia interests by as much as $17 million before he joined the Trump campaign last year.

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