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Bernie Sanders slams 'pathetic' fraud claim against his wife

Bernie Sanders slams 'pathetic' fraud claim against his wife

Bernie Sanders defended his wife Jane during a television interview amid reports the couple is under FBI investigation for bank fraud.

Sanders was asked the same question on Monday by Fox News producer Kara Rowland, as they were walking near Capitol Hill, where he dodged the question completely, opting to talk about health care instead.

"When you go after your wife, people's wives, that is pretty pathetic", Sanders said. But he and his wife have quietly hired attorneys to represent them in this matter, and have refused to give detailed commentary to the press now that an inquiry is underway.

"When she came to that college, it was failing financially and academically", Sanders said.

Burnett then tried to ask Sanders her question about whether he knew about the FBI investigation into his wife, but Sanders yelled over her.

"The investigation was started more than a year ago under President Obama, his Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and his United States Attorney, all of whom are Democrats", he said in an email to CBS News. "This was back when she was president of Burlington College", Burnett said, before getting cut off by Sanders who disputed her statement.




Toensing told CNN on Sunday that his hope "is for a fair, full and impartial investigation".

In 2010, Jane Sanders was president of the tiny Burlington College when she brokered a $10 million deal for the college to buy the last undeveloped parcel of land in Burlington on the Lake Champlain waterfront - 32 acres overlooking the lake and the 77,000-square-foot former orphanage and administrative offices of Vermont's Roman Catholic Church, which needed the money to settle a series of priest sex abuse cases.

Sen. Sanders has referred to the allegations against his wife as political warfare, noting that they originated from Trump supporter and Vermont Republican Party Vice Chair Brady Toensing, as Sanders' presidential run was gaining momentum. As longtime Sanders' reporter Harry Jaffe concluded: "In hindsight, it's hard to avoid blaming Jane Sanders for the Burlington College fiasco".

Bernie Sanders remains one of Vermont's most popular politicians.

"Excuse me, excuse me", Sanders shouted. Davis said he didn't think the Burlington College issue would end up hurting Sanders' re-election prospects.

Corrects the short headline to say feds are looking into Sanders' wife, not Sanders.


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