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Spokesman: Manafort Preparing for 'Long Legal Battle'

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By    |   Friday, 11 Aug 2017 02:26 PM

Paul Manafort's spokesman said Friday his decision to change up his legal team had to do with the changing face of the investigation looking at whether he committed any crimes during President Donald Trump's campaign.

"Paul is girding himself for a long legal battle," Jason Maloni told Business Insider. "So he is switching to Miller & Chevalier, which is a more specialized firm."

It was reported on Thursday that Manafort, who worked on Trump's campaign and served as its chairman for a brief time last year, was making the legal change in the wake of an FBI raid at his home last month during which documents were seized.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is leading the Department of Justice's Russia investigation, which involves Manafort, and it appears he may be focusing on Manafort's tax records and lobbying history.

"The landscape has shifted," Maloni told Business Insider.

The DOJ and several congressional committees are investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

Politico 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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Paul Manafort's spokesman said Friday his decision to change up his legal team had to do with the changing face of the investigation looking at whether he committed any crimes during President Donald Trump's campaign.
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