When The Associated Press tried to question Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders this week about an FBI probe concerning his wife’s $10 million dollar bank loan, Sanders completely dodged the question. So much for the transparency he is always harping on about.
Due to a complaint filed in early 2016 by attorney Brady Toensing, who was chairman of then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign in Vermont, Jane Sanders is being investigated on allegations that she made fraudulent claims when she procured a $10 million dollar loan in 2010 for the now-defunct Burlington College, where she was president.
In a separate complaint, Sanders is being investigated for possibly using his position in government to pressure the bank into approving the loan.
Sanders has kept mum about the whole investigation, but that didn’t stop reporters from trying to get a comment out of him.
On Monday, during a Washington news conference about the expansion of community health centers, an Associated Press reporter asked Sanders for his thoughts on the FBI’s investigation into his wife and himself.
“No, that’s not what I’m talking about today,” Sanders said, according to The AP.
Later, when a Fox News reporter tried to approach the subject again, Sanders launched into a tirade saying, “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 and give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the top 1 percent.”
It seemed Sanders needed more time to come up with a response that would satisfy his “enthusiastic supporters.” On Tuesday when asked again this time by CNN, Sanders refused outright to say that he or his wife were under investigation, but offered some charged words regarding Toensing.
“I think it’s fairly pathetic that when people are involved in public life, it’s not only that they get attacked, but it’s their wives and their families that get attacked,” Sanders commented.
He then pivoted to how his wife transformed Burlington, albeit with the help of a land purchase completed with that $10 million dollar bank loan. “When she came to that college, it was failing financially and academically. When she left it, it was in better shape than it had ever been.”
If that’s true, it didn’t last long. Jane Sanders left Burlington in 2011. The college closed in 2016, specifically citing crushing debt from the land deal she left it with, according to CNN.
Following that statement, Sanders refused to comment further only reiterating that it was “pathetic” for anyone to come after a politicians family and that he plans to let this investigation “play out.”
See the video below:
Some man of the people. Allegedly pressuring banks to do his bidding, then trying to dodge questions regarding the fact that he was exposed.
Sanders’ true colors have been shown and he is definitely feeling “the Bern” from this investigation.
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