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.
Donald Trump’s ex-campaign manager, who had his Virginia house raided in late July for financial documents, is looking to add a tax-focused Washington DC firm to his stable of lawyers, a source familiar with Manafort’s plans told The Post.
Manafort has primarily been represented by Reginald Brown of WilmerHale — the same DC law firm that employed Mueller until he was appointed special counsel in May to investigate allegations that Trump colluded with Russia to win the election.
The search for a new lawyer also is motivated by a desire to avoid a potential conflict of interest at WilmerHale, and could lead to the firing of Brown, the source said.
Manafort is under investigation by the DOJ, as well as New York AG Eric T. Schneiderman and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr, all of which are probing payments he received for his work for Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s former pro-Putin president, and whether he laundered those funds through his many New York real estate holdings.
The Post first reported the strange story of how Manafort came to acquire a derelict Brooklyn brownstone — and his shady financial connections to son-in-law Jeffrey Yohai, with whom he has a rocky relationship.
The search for a tax-focused law firm stems from the financial nature of the documents collected in last month’s raid, one source said.
A person close to Manafort said he has no concern about Mueller’s connection with WilmerHale. It’s unclear if Brown will continue to work for Manafort, or if he will represent him in a diminished capacity.
Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort, declined to comment.
Brown didn’t return calls and an email seeking comment.