Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) Said Sunday that he was surprised by the length of the former president of the Trump campaign Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortSunday preview: the 2020 field begins to emerge Bill Maher at the head of CPAC: "Basically, Fox News runs our government" A woman sentenced to five years for voting illegally denounces "the disparity" after that Manafort had four MORElast week's sentence.
"He thought it would be longer," said Kennedy in "Face the Nation".
"Mr. Manafort is a grifter," he continued. "He was a partner with Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJerome Corsi sues Alex Jones of Infowars for defamation The Washington Post asks the court to open sealed and redacted records in Manafort case Supreme Court Justice warns Congress of threats to the security of the lower courts MORE. He is, I'm sorry, Margaret, he's just a nosy guy. He always played at the margins. "
Kennedy refrained from criticizing the judge in the case, Judge T. Ellis III, explaining that he would like to read the sentencing memos in the case to understand the ruling.
"Rather than just being an opinion, I prefer to be informed," he said. "Judge Ellis has been sitting on the bench for 30 years, I have not read the memos about punishment, he obviously thought that four years was enough, I might not agree with him, but I should read the memos on the sentence. "
.@SenJohnKennedy said he was surprised by the 47-month sentence handed down by former Trump campaign president Paul Manafort and thought it would be longer: "He's just a nosy man" pic.twitter.com/BqTpMUzChk
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Last Thursday, a federal judge in Virginia sentenced Manafort to 47 months in jail, much less than the 19 to 24 years that Manafort could have received under the sentencing recommendations. Trump's former partner was found guilty of banking and tax fraud last year.
Manafort is scheduled to appear in Washington, DC on Wednesday. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment for conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice by manipulating witnesses.