"I think what most importantly what you saw today is the same thing that we said from Day 1," said Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing outside court. "There is absolutely no evidence that Paul Manafort was involved in any collusion with any government official from Russia."
Manafort's lawyers had sought to show during the trial that their client was prosecuted more rigorously than another defendant might have been owing to his close links to the President -- an argument Ellis seemed to accept.
"The American people would be justified in feeling that there has been some miscarriage of justice here in the leniency of this sentence," Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, told CNN's Erin Burnett on "OutFront."
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted Manafort's sentencing as a prime example of sentencing disparities between high- and low-income defendants.
"Paul Manafort getting such little jail time for such serious crimes lays out for the world how it's almost impossible for rich people to go to jail for the same amount of time as someone who is lower income," the New York Democrat tweeted. "In our current broken system, 'justice' isn't blind. It's bought."
Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor and CNN legal commentator said that a below-guidelines sentence would have been perfectly fair, but that 47 months "is a joke."
"Steal millions from US Government, violate bail, get convicted by jury, fake cooperate, lie to prosecutors, refuse to accept responsibility - and get an enormous break. That's an unjust sentence," Honig tweeted.
In the short term, Trump and his allies are likely to seize upon the sentence to argue that Mueller fell short of his goals after an ambitious trial and reached beyond his mandate by pursuing him at all.https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/08/politics/donald-trump-paul-manafort-sentencing/index.html
Ellis had faced criticism by some in the legal community for comments he made during the trial that were widely interpreted as biased against the prosecution. Ellis repeatedly interrupted prosecutors, told them to stop using the word “oligarch” to describe people associated with Manafort because it made him seem “despicable,” and objected to pictures of Manafort’s luxury items they planned to show jurors. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-manafort/judge-gives-trump-ex-aide-manafort-leniency-under-four-years-in-prison-idUSKCN1QO17N?il=0