McCabe says he was "shocked" by Manfort's judgment, but did not believe that Trump's comments had any influence


Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said he was "shocked" by the light sentence delivered to President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort last week when found guilty of various economic crimes.

"I was really surprised at the sentence he got. I think it's an incredibly soothing sentence in the light not only about the offenses he was convicted of, but the additional offenses he has incurred in DC," McCabe said during a look at CBS & # 39; Face the Nation. & # 39;

"Like most people, I was shocked at how soothing the sentence was," he added.


Manafort was sentenced last week to nearly four years in prison for tax and bank fraud in connection with his work that advised Ukrainian politicians – a sentence much less than what was required under Judgment Day guidelines.

Manafort has been imprisoned since June, so he will receive credit for the nine months he has already earned. He still faces the possibility of further time from his judgment in a separate case in the District of Columbia.

The verdict came widespread criticism and initiated a conversation about whether the justice system treats various crimes and criminals fairly.

Judge T.S. Ellis III's comment that Paul Manafort had lived an "otherwise innocent life" was particularly wrong for those who pointed out that Manafort's past included work for people like the Philippine strong man Ferdinand Marcos and the Congolese dictator Mobutu Sese Seko .

Sen. Cory Booker, a democratic presidential candidate, told "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Thursday night that the criminal system "treats you better if you are rich and guilty than if you are poor and innocent" and appear in the most vulnerable as "poor people , mentally ill people, dependent people and overwhelming black and brown people ".

Asked if he was shocked, Booker replied: "No, this punishment system cannot surprise me anymore."


Many observers raised the case of Crystal Mason, a black woman from Texas who was convicted in state court last year for five years' imprisonment to vote illegally in 2016 while supervising the release of a federal conviction. Mason said she didn't know she was not allowed to vote.

Her lawyer, Alison Grinter, said on Friday that the judges' statement that Manafort was "innocent" was scary, especially considering he was awaiting judgment in another case in Washington, where he was facing up to 10 years. The Washington judge, who will punish him next week, has the opportunity to impose this sentence either simultaneously or sequentially.

McCabe added Sunday's interview that there is no doubt. Manafort will be given more time when he is sentenced by a court judge this week, but made it clear that it is not Judge Amy Berman Jackson's duty to take into account the Virginia judgment.


McCabe, who was fired from his position with the FBI last year after an internal report revealed he was not coming with investigators, criticized Trump's frequent attacks on the country's justice system and his defense of Manafort. The former FBI deputy director, however, said he did not believe that Trump's comments had affected Manafort's verdict last week.

"But the point I'm trying to make [McCabe’s new book “The Threat] is to try to emphasize how incredibly irresponsible and actually corrosive statements by the CEO are on the process and on the public's perception of the fairness and effectiveness of the process. "

The Associated Press contributed to this report.