Sanders Says Fraud Investigation into Wife Won't Be 'Distraction'

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 27, 2017

This week, Politico Magazine said the couple have obtained legal counsel amidst a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigation into whether Jane Sanders fraudulently obtained a bank loan for the now defunct Burlington College in Vermont. That bank loan was contingent on Sanders's promising that she had secured $5 million in donations and $2.4 million in confirmed pledges (i.e., donations that Burlington College officials had not yet received but that would be coming soon). Enrollment fell and donations dropped. All of this relates to the collapse of Burlington College and Jane Sanders' role in what happened. It also doesn't seem to fit for his wife, who was the president of Burlington College at the time that this bank fraud allegedly took place, suggests his supporters across the social media sites today.

That the Sanders' have now hired lawyers is not unusual, nor a sign of guilt.

The Vermont senator and 2016 presidential candidate addressed the story on Saturday in an interview with the Washington Post, predicting that it would likely not go anywhere. The letter, released online, claimed that Sanders had "successfully and intentionally engaged in a fraudulent scheme to actively hide and misrepresent material facts from a federal financial institution".

In 2010, Jane Sanders, then-President of Burlington College and wife of United States Senator Bernard Sanders, orchestrated the college's purchase of the Diocese's headquarters property for $10 million dollars. After several attempts to avoid the question, Sanders answered.

Brady Toensing, a chairman for the Trump campaign in Vermont, submitted the original complaint that led to the investigation.

He added: "Perhaps most important, for the first time in its history, the Medicaid program will be reformed so it is sustainable for future generations and for taxpayers".

"If you talk to the insurance industry, what they will tell you is that [President Donald] Trump and the Republican leadership are sabotaging the Affordable Care Act", he said.

"Yes", Bernie responded. "It is nonsense".

Sanders, who was the runner-up for the Democratic nomination in last year's presidential election made his harsh remarks of the Trump administration in a speech he delivered Thursday morning in which he discussed the threat of authoritarianism in the #United States and other countries around the world.

Emails obtained by VTDigger through a public records request show an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and the assistant USA attorney for Vermont who leads the criminal division were reviewing Burlington College records in the state's possession as recently as February.

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