Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) blasted the 47 month sentence received by President Donald Trump‘s former campaign chair Paul Manafort in a Federal court on Thursday.
Appearing on Out Front with Erin Burnett, the senator said Manafort’s crimes “threaten[ed] our very democracy,” which — in his view — called for a sentence far more harsh than the one he was given.
“The American people would be justified in feeling that there has been some miscarriage of justice here in the leniency of this sentence,” Blumenthal said.
Blumenthal noted the sentencing recommendation of special counsel Robert Mueller of at least 19 years in prison.
“Remember, those sentencing guidelines apply to all defendants. And the judge really needs a good reason to go below them. The recommendation of 19 to 25 years is an assessment of the severity of these crimes. And what Paul Manafort did was, essentially, potentially, threaten our very democracy. The principles of our democracy. That’s the reason that he is in that courtroom. That’s the reason that he’s been convicted of these very serious crimes.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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