13 August, 2017
It was reported on Thursday that Manafort, who worked on Trump's campaign and served as its chairman for a brief time previous year, was making the legal change in the wake of an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid at his home last month during which documents were seized. Reuters reports that Manafort has previously been represented by Miller & Chevalier's Richard Hibey, whose previous clients include Clair George, a former Central Intelligence Agency deputy director convicted of lying to Congress about the Iran-Contra scandal.
President Trump's embattled former campaign chairman has hired a new legal team as the pressure from Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation increases.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mr Mueller to lead the Russian Federation investigation in May after Mr Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who had had originally been in charge of the bureau's probe.
"I haven't given it any thought", Trump said.
The former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump had been represented by WilmerHale's Reginald J. Brown, a former associate White House counsel during the George W. Bush administration. "I'm very proud of what we've done at the border", Mr Trump said, likely referring to Mr Sessions' crackdown on illegal immigration.
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Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni declined to comment on this story and an earlier Politico report Thursday that first discussed Yohai being approached about cooperation. In recent weeks, President Trump has blasted the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt" and flirted with the idea of firing Justice Department leaders as a roundabout way to get rid of Mueller himself.
Mr Manafort has been a subject of a long-standing FBI investigation into his dealings in Ukraine and work for the country's former president, Viktor Yanukovych.
This is a serious development for sure, and we'll likely learn what if anything of interest was recovered during the raid as Robert Mueller's investigation concludes.
"I call it 'climbing the ladder, ' " Jeffress said.
Manafort has emerged as a central figure in several US investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
According to committee officials, the panel has now received roughly 20,000 pages from the Trump campaign responding to a detailed series of questions posed by the panel last month.