Trump Says FBI Raid On Manafort's Home Was 'Pretty Tough Stuff'

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President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is employing a different law firm as federal investigators continue to probe whether he had improper ties to Russian Federation. Their warrant sought information including tax documents and banking records.

"I thought it was a very, very strong signal or whatever", Trump told reporters at his New Jersey golf club where he is on a "working vacation".

WilmerHale had represented Manafort up to this point during the investigation into whether he colluded with Russian Federation during Trump's campaign.

Manafort was forced to quit the campaign in August after the publication of investigative reports about his consulting work for a Ukrainian political party with ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin. He said he "thought it was a very strong signal", adding: "They do that very seldom".

Trump said he has not spoken to Manafort, who used to run his campaign, "in a long time", and claimed Manafort was part of the campaign "for a very short period of time, relatively short period of time".

Asked if he had talked to Attorney General Jeff Sessions or anyone at the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the Manafort raid, Trump said he had not. The firm has specific expertise in worldwide tax cases. Going forward, Manafort will be represented by Miller & Chevalier, Maloni said.

Manafort's lead lawyer at Wilmer had been Reginald Brown, who chairs the firm's financial institutions group and also leads its congressional investigations practice. Brown declined to comment in a text message. I was very, very surprised to see it, ' Trump continued.

Just last month, Manafort registered as a foreign agent for past work on behalf of Ukraine, his spokesperson confirmed at the time to ABC News.

In this July 18, 2016 file photo, then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort walks around the convention floor before the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Day reported from Washington.

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