Published: Thu, June 29, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Bernie Sanders Says Investigation Of His Wife Is Politically Motivated

Bernie Sanders Says Investigation Of His Wife Is Politically Motivated

Now that CBS News has reported that both Bernie and Jane Sanders are potential targets of the investigation, and they've lawyered up, trying to simply shut down questions related to the brewing scandal isn't really working. "Well I'm glad that you're interested in the fact that the Republican leadership is proposing legislation which would throw millions of people off of health insurance", he said.

The federal investigation was, in part, set into motion in 2016 by Brady Toensing, who was a leader in President Donald Trump's election campaign.

In a previously unreleased letter from Jane Sanders to the Burlington College board provided by Weaver, she wrote that during her seven years at the college she had improved its financial outlook, the accreditation had improved and the college had gone from not offering any financial aid to offering $400,000 in student aid.

He insisted his "wife is about the most honest person I know".

He told Politico on Saturday that "the investigation was started more than a year ago under President [Barack] Obama, his Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and his United States Attorney, all of whom are Democrats". He said he's only looking for a "fair, impartial and thorough investigation".

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"The case centers on Jane Sander's tenure as president of Vermont's Burlington College from 2004 to 2011 and the loan application she filed in 2010 to help the school expand", Rosen reported.

Sanders declined to answer further questions about the matter, other than to say he would "let it play out" and again said an attack on a politician's wife or family was "pathetic".

Brady Toensing, a state chairman for the Trump campaign, filed the complaint to the USA attorney for Vermont. The school sought a $10 million loan to purchase 33 acres of land.

As for himself, Sanders has foresworn any talk now of a 2020 presidential rerun, when he will become 79. This was back when she was president of Burlington college.

On May 5, before it was revealed Jane Sanders had hired attorneys, Bernie Sanders told a Burlington television station the allegations were nonsense. Sanders might be forgiven for giving the "not what I'm talking about today" line a whirl, though; Democrats often find a sympathetic, narrative-advancing audience in the press corps. Since Bernie is the boogeyman for a whole lot of people, one has to agree.

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