McCabe says he was 'shocked' by 'incredibly lenient' Manafort sentence

McCabe says he was 'shocked' by 'incredibly lenient' Manafort sentence
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Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeTrump accuses Hillary Clinton of 'destroying the lives' of his campaign staffers The Mueller report concludes it was not needed Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators MORE said Sunday that he was "shocked" that former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortBanker charged for allegedly approving Manafort loans for Trump job House Democrat 'fixed' Trump's infographic about Mueller's investigation Michael Caputo eyes congressional bid MORE was sentenced to just under four years in prison for a variety of financial crimes.

"I was really surprised by the sentence he was given. I think it’s an incredibly lenient sentence in light not just of the offenses he was convicted for, but the additional offenses that he has pled guilty to in D.C.," McCabe said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"Like most people, I was shocked by how lenient the sentence was,” he added.

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A federal judge in Virginia last Thursday sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison, well below the 19 1/2 to 24 years Manafort could have received under the advisory sentencing recommendations.

McCabe noted on Sunday that there’s “no question” Manafort will get additional time when he’s sentenced by a D.C. court judge this week, though he added that it's not Judge Amy Berman Jackson's duty to take into account the Virginia sentencing.

McCabe, who was fired from the FBI last year after an internal report found he was not forthcoming with investigators, also chastised President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE for his regular attacks on the justice system and defenses of Manafort.

While McCabe suggested in his book, "The Threat," that such comments could amount to witness tampering,  he acknowledged on Sunday that he does not believe that influenced Manafort's sentencing last week.

"But the point that I try to make in the book is to try to highlight how incredibly irresponsible and indeed corrosive statements like that from the chief executive are on the process and on the public's perception of the fairness and the effectiveness of the process."