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Lewinsky criticizes Manafort sentences: I was threatened with 27 years

The Hill logo The Hill 3/8/2019 Rachel Frazin

Monica Lewinsky with collar shirt: Lewinsky criticizes Manafort sentences: I was threatened with 27 years © Getty Images Lewinsky criticizes Manafort sentences: I was threatened with 27 years Monica Lewinsky criticized former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's 47-month sentence on Thursday, comparing it to the threat she received for allegedly trying to hide an affair with former President Bill Clinton.

"i had been threatened w/ 27 years for filing a false affidavit + other actions trying desperately to keep an affair private," she tweeted, while quote-tweeting a post from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

"Your sentence derives from your proximity to power," Snowden tweeted.

Lewinsky had an affair with Clinton as a 22-year-old intern and he was the president. The affair was subject to intense investigation and public scrutiny.

Manafort, 69, was given the nearly four-year sentence on Thursday by Judge T.S. Ellis III. The sentence was much lower than the 19 1/2 to 24 years suggested by federal guidelines.

Manafort was convicted of eight criminal charges in August for filing false tax returns, bank fraud and failing to report foreign bank accounts.

His crimes came to light as part a probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller is investigating whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election, including whether the Trump campaign colluded with the foreign power.

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