Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Paul Manafort Is Toast. The FBI Raid Was Just the Beginning

Paul Manafort Is Toast. The FBI Raid Was Just the Beginning

On the same day that news broke about an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort's home, the disgraced campaign manager's lawyers produced a scoop of their own - that Manafort is switching legal teams.

"I thought it was a very, very strong signal, or whatever", the president said Thursday, adding that he had not spoken with Manafort for some time.

Politico reported August 10 that Manafort has hired a new legal firm which specializes in complicated financial criminal proceedings to represent him.

In May, however, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed the special counsel to oversee the Justice Department's investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election and any coordination with the Trump campaign in that effort.

And sure, the investigation into his administration's ties to Russian Federation remains ongoing, and it's true that the probe appears to be gaining momentum since the special counsel impanelled a grand jury.

Granted, it's not the best news ever, public relations wise, that Trump was playing golf hours after he ramped up his rhetoric about North Korea and sparked a new threat of a missile attack from the hermetic nation. I was very, very surprised to see it, ' Trump continued.

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.

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"You know, they do that very seldom, so I was surprised to see it".

Mueller has been looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any possible collusion with Trump associates. 'Russia had nothing to do with me winning, ' he said.

"To wake him up - perhaps his family was there - I think that's pretty tough stuff", Trump said. He's like a lot of other people, probably makes consultant fees from all over the place.

The raid, first reported by The Washington Post, targeted financial records and other materials as part of Mueller's wide-ranging inquiry.

The content of the documents was not immediately clear, though Trump Jr. helped arrange a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is of interest to investigators.

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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