As the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller heats up Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is switching legal teams.
Manafort has decided to no longer be represented by the the Washington, D.C., law firm WilmerHale. The choice comes as news broke out that the FBI raided his home in order to obtain information.
Trump commented on the predawn raid Thursday, referring to it as “pretty tough.”
“I’ve always found Paul Manafort to be a very decent man,” Trump said in New Jersey. “I don’t know, but I thought it was pretty tough stuff to wake him up, perhaps his family was there. I think that’s pretty tough stuff.”
According to a spokesperson, Manafort will be retaining his former counsel, Miller & Chevalier.
“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 As of today, WilmerHale no longer represents Mr.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,” Jason Maloni said in the statement.
WilmerHale, Manafort’s now former firm, is also the firm where special counsel Mueller worked at before taking over the lead in the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.