Veteran journalist Dan Rather has joined the growing chorus of criticism over the 47-month sentence that U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III handed to President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, on Thursday.
“It’s an in-your-face, shame-on-you statement from the judge to Mueller,” Rather continued. He described it as “a slap on the wrist” to “a big-time criminal” and “a minor sentence for another elite, well-connected, Washington big-shot.”
“I will say that, you know, a lot of black kids in the projects routinely get worse sentences than Manafort has gotten, and a lot of white kids on drug charges do the same,” Rather added.
Sentencing guidelines had called for Manafort — who was found guilty on a slew of charges including bank fraud and filing false tax returns — to be jailed for between 19 and 24 years.
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