Paul Manafort hires new legal team that specializes in financial crimes

Paul Manafort.
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Paul Manafort, President Trump's former campaign chairman, is in the process of switching attorneys, his spokesman confirmed Thursday.

The spokesman, Jason Maloni, said in a statement that Manafort is "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 As of today, WilmerHale no longer represents Mr.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." Miller & Chevalier is a boutique firm in Washington that specializes in "complicated financial crimes and other issues," people with knowledge of the change told Politico. They also said that one of the new attorneys is Kevin Downing, a former senior Justice Department official.

Manafort is entangled in several investigations into the Trump campaign possibly colluding with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election, but Special Counsel Robert Mueller has also been looking into Manafort's finances and consulting work. Last month, Manafort's home in Virginia was raided by the FBI, and several of his financial institutions have been subpoenaed, Bloomberg reported.

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