Trump 'surprised' by Manafort raid in Russian Federation probe

In a surprise move for someone in the thick of a federal investigation, Manafort announced through a spokesman Thursday that he was no longer working with his longtime counsel, WilmerHale, and was "in the process" of retaining a law firm with expertise in global tax cases, Miller & Chevalier.

Brown declined to comment in a text message to The Associated Press.

Following the recent revelation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Manafort's home in late July, Blumenthal issued a statement arguing that the raid made it clear that Manafort is suspected of criminal actions. Their warrant sought information including tax documents and banking records.

When asked about his relationship with Mr Sessions on Thursday, Mr Trump said, "It is what it is".

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Manafort is the New Britain native and longtime lobbyist who was chairman for Trump's campaign until August 2016.

The documents "would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father", read the email, written by a trusted intermediary, who added, "This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump". Yes it is. It's a very, very strong signal that the Russian story isn't a hoax. "I was surprised to see it".

Trump claimed not to have spoken to Manafort "in a long time".

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. Manafort cooperated and has previously denied wrongdoing. But I thought it was pretty tough stuff to wake him up. "I know Mr. Manafort". It is also known that [Mueller] is investigating into the alleged interference into the United States presidential election. I do not have anything else to say. The "Red Wedding" is a scene in the TV show where a bloody-spattering massacre takes place - which is similar to the axing of former White House staffers, according to Gore.

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"I've always found Paul Manafort to be a very decent man".

Manafort has turned over documents to the intelligence and judiciary committees in the Senate. I considered him as an unknown person who was sitting there with a blank expression on his face. "I have not heard any statement from Mueller's team to the media that those actions had any relation to my meeting with the son of the one of several then-[US presidential] Republican candidates", Veselnitskaya said.

Trump Jr. has provided another 250 pages of documents to the committee, with Manafort turning over an additional 400 pages, according to committee officials.

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