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Bernie Sanders says reported investigation into his wife stems from 'pathetic' attack

Bernie Sanders says reported investigation into his wife stems from 'pathetic' attack

"My wife is about the most honest person I know", Sanders said, scoffing and cutting off Burnett's initial question.

"It is a sad state of affairs in America", the Vermont senator told CNN in his first time broaching the investigation publicly.

Vermont lawyer Brady Toensing, a former state Republican vice chair who was once Trump's campaign chair in the state, has leveled accusations of bank fraud against the couple and alleged the senator may have pressured a Vermont bank to speed up the loan process.

The FBI has not confirmed the existence of such an investigation, but copious reporting and Sanders's own remarks suggest they are investigating something.

Sanders would not acknowledge that his wife who has retained legal counsel is under investigation.

Sanders, an independent, ran for president as a Democrat previous year but was ousted in the primary by Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in the general election. Questions are also swirling about whether or not the Senator used his powerful position to influence the bank's decision to issue the loan, which is said to have been justified on paper with bogus information furnished by his wife.

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Mark Sanford, South Carolina Republican and another budget committee member. But if the cuts get too deep, any deal could ultimately turn off moderates.

Sanders was approached outside of the Capitol building by an Associated Press reporter and Fox News producer and asked about the investigation. Sanders called the allegations "politically motivated".

"When she came to that college, it was failing financially and academically", Sanders said. "Let me leave it at that, because it would be improper at this point for me to say anything more". The newswire service said Toensing has previously filed complaints against Democrats and members of Vermont's Progressive Party. Sen.

"Are you supposed to wait for (U.S. Attorney General) Jeff Sessions to knock on your front door before you talk to a lawyer?" he said in a statement.

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.

Former Burlington College President Carol Moore in an interview with Vermont Public Radio in May said the college closed a year ago, in part, because of the troubled $10-million loan, which the institution could not afford.

On May 5, before it was revealed Jane Sanders had hired attorneys, Bernie Sanders told a Burlington television station the allegations were nonsense. "That's what this is about", Sanders said.


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