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Brennan calls light Manafort sentence 'extraordinarily lenient' in light of crimes committed

Brennan calls light Manafort sentence 'extraordinarily lenient' in light of crimes committed
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Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan takes final shot at Trump: 'I leave his fate to our judicial system, his infamy to history, & his legacy to a trash heap' The new marshmallow media in the Biden era New Defense chief signals potential troop drawdown: 'All wars must end' MORE criticized former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortOn The Money: Initial jobless claims rise for 2nd week | Dow dips below 30K | Mnuchin draws fire for COVID-19 relief move | Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges to NY high court How to combat Putin's financial aggression MORE's 47-month sentence as "extraordinarily lenient" on MSNBC on Thursday. 

“It’s an extraordinarily lenient sentence in light of the extent and scope of Mr. Manafort’s criminality,” Brennan said. “I think this sentence says a lot more about Judge Ellis than it does about Paul Manafort.”

Judge T.S. Ellis III, a Reagan appointee, handed Manafort, 69, the almost four-year sentence, which was much lower than the 19 1/2 to 24 years suggested by federal guidelines on Thursday. 

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"You’ve been convicted of serious crimes — very serious crimes — by a jury,” Ellis said to the court, following Manafort's sentencing hearing, but added “I think that sentencing range is excessive. I don’t think that is warranted in this case."

Brennan criticized Ellis's characterization of Manafort as mostly otherwise blameless. 

“That is just mind-boggling,” Brennan said. “Paul Manafort has a demonstrated track record of criminal, unethical, unprincipled behavior.”

In August, Manafort was convicted of eight charges: five counts of filing false tax returns, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to report foreign bank accounts.

Manafort's crimes were revealed as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's probe into the 2016 presidential election. Mueller is investigating whether Russia interfered in the election, including whether the Kremlin colluded with the Trump campaign.