Paul Manafort Switches Legal Team as Feds Drop the Hammer

Paul Manafort Switches Legal Team as Feds Drop the Hammer
Donald Trump's campaign chair and convention manager Paul Manafort at the Republican Convention in Cleveland.

Former campaign manager Paul Manafort is switching legal teams in the midst of a federal investigation into his financial records as things begin to heat up.

(WASHINGTON) Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, has tapped a new legal team to represent him as government lawyers examine possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, his spokesman Jason Maloni said.

Law firm WilmerHale had been speaking on Manafort's behalf to investigators, but that relationship has ended, Maloni said.

"As of today, WilmerHale no longer represents Mr. Manafort," Maloni said in a statement.

"Mr. Manafort is in the process of retaining his former counsel, Miller & Chevalier, to represent him in the office of special counsel investigation," read the statement.

Miller & Chevalier's Richard Hibey has previously represented Manafort. His other clients have included CIA officer Clair George, who was convicted in 1992 of making false statements to Congress about the Reagan administration's secret arms sales to Iran.

Earlier this week, sources confirmed that FBI agents had raided Manafort's Virginia home and seized documents and other material as part of the probe.

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