As Russia probe picks up steam, Manafort changes lawyers

Posted August 13, 2017

After successfully irritating President Trump earlier this week, CT senator Richard Blumenthal is now taking aim at Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

Investigators are looking into accusations of money laundering in an attempt to pressure Manafort into cooperating with the probe into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation, two sources told Reuters.

Mr Manafort, who worked for years as a political consultant advising the pro-Russian Party of Regions and its leader, former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, has denied any wrongdoing, saying his work in Ukraine was open and appropriate. Investigators were seeking his cooperation in the probe against Manafort, two sources told CNN. "As of today, WilmerHale no longer represents Mr. Manafort".

"Or, they're going to put a ribbon on that and tell him, 'We've found these charges that could send you to jail for a period of time, we would like to know about collusion, or deals, '" he added.

"They may very well have been looking for something totally independent of Manafort's relationship to the president", Napolitano said.

Putin said last month that the USA would have to cut 755 of its embassy and consular staff in Russia - a response to President Barack Obama's order to expel 35 Russian diplomats and shut down two Russian recreational retreats in the U.S.

Manafort recently filed a foreign agent disclosure report for that consulting work, which ended in 2014.

If this legislation is not enacted and President Trump does make the catastrophic mistake of firing Mueller or issues pardons to himself or others involved in the Mueller investigation, Trump will have crossed a red line and precipitated a constitutional crisis.

As the investigation on Capitol Hill continues, ABC News has recently reported that the Trump campaign sent more than 20,000 pages of documents to a Congressional committee on August 2, the deadline to submit documents to the committee.

Paul Manafort is searching for new legal representation as he faces an intensifying investigation into money-laundering allegations by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller, The Post has learned.

"I have not, but to do that early in the morning, whether or not it was appropriate, you'd have to ask them".

Sources close to Manafort say he has already provided Congress with extensive documents in response to the requests from multiple committees.