Published: Thu, June 29, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Preet Bharara Slams Bernie Sanders's Response to 'Pathetic' Attack on His Wife

Preet Bharara Slams Bernie Sanders's Response to 'Pathetic' Attack on His Wife

When CNN's Erin Burnett raised it Tuesday night, Sanders declined to discuss details, angrily defending his wife as "about the most honest person I know" and adding, "When they go after your wife, people's wives, that is pretty pathetic".

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. A person close to the senator said Sanders was represented by Rich Cassidy, a longtime lawyer for the family.

The FBI is investigating allegations that Jane Sanders made fraudulent claims and promises while seeking $10 million in financing for a real estate deal on behalf of Burlington College, a now-defunct school of which she was president.

"No, that's not what I'm talking about today", Sanders said when an Associated Press reporter attempted to ask him about the FBI's investigation.

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".

According to the independent VTDigger, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations initially made by a top Vermont Republican that Sanders' office pressured a local bank into granting a $6.7 million loan for Burlington College to purchase a lakefront campus.

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

Mr Toensing suggested that Jane Sanders had lied about having enough donor support to repay a $10m (£7.7m) loan to buy land to expand Burlington College, where she served as president.

"Together, I think it is safe to say we turned the corner", she wrote in an October 12, 2011, memo to the board. The newswire service said Toensing has previously filed complaints against Democrats and members of Vermont's Progressive Party. Sen.

While the then-president reportedly indicated there was $2.6 million in pledged donations, Burlington College only got $676,000 over the next four years. The two, he said, are close and have played roles in each other's careers.

A retired Middlebury College political science professor, Eric Davis, said he didn't think the state GOP could field a serious candidate to challenge Sanders nor would the national party help fund a campaign against him.

Sanders also defended his wife's stewardship of the university.

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