Paul Manafort Changes Legal Team As Special Counsel Investigation Intensifies

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President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has dropped the law firm that was representing him in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

In his first public comments since the raid was made public this week by The Washington Post, Trump called Manafort "a very decent man" but said he hadn't spoken to him for a long time. Maloni says Manafort will be represented by Miller & Chevalier.

President Trump said he has no intention of firing Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating his administration's ties to Russian Federation, a probe that he repeatedly has attacked as a "witch hunt".

WilmerHale also employed Mr. Mueller until he was appointed special counsel in May to investigate allegations that Trump associates colluded with Russian Federation to win the election.

"It is what it is", Trump said of his relationship with Sessions.

The US president told a question-and-answer session with reporters at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf course he "thought it was a very strong signal", adding: "They do that very seldom".

Trump told The New York Times in July that had he known Sessions was going to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation he wouldn't have hired him.

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There it is. Trump is throwing Manafort under the bus, pretending he was just some minor campaign functionary who hardly had anything to do with anything. "I was very, very surprised to see it".

"I want them to get on with the task", Trump said.

"I have not, but to do that early in the morning, whether or not it was appropriate, you'd have to ask them". He has also incorporated other pending investigations into people close to Trump including Manafort, who has been a subject of a longstanding FBI kleptocracy investigation focused on Ukraine.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents stormed Manafort's home before dawn, suggesting it was likely a "no knock raid".

Yet earlier this week, Trump's chief lawyer indicated the president was looking to cooperate with Mueller.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said the raid was "typical of the most serious criminal investigations dealing with uncooperative or untrusted potential targets".

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