Bernie and his wife are in some hot water, already hiring prominent defense attorneys.
Sanders and his wife, Jane, have found themselves in the middle of an FBI investigation into a loan that Jane Sanders obtained to expand Burlington College while she was its president, CBS News has confirmed.
Politico Magazine first reported the Sanders had hired lawyers to defend them in the probe. Sanders’ top adviser Jeff Weaver told CBS News the couple has sought legal protection over federal agents’ allegations from a January 2016 complaint accusing then-President of Burlington College, Ms. Sanders, of distorting donor levels in a 2010 loan application for $10 million from People’s United Bank to purchase 33 acres of land for the institution.
According to Politico, prosecutors might also be looking into allegations that Sen. Sanders’ office inappropriately urged the bank to approve the loan.
Sanders supporter Rich Cassidy has reportedly been hired to represent the Senator. For Jane, it is reported that high-profile Washington defense attorney Larry Robbins is protecting her.
Robbins counseled Libby “Scooter” Robbins, former Chief of Staff for the Vice President.
Jane Sanders’ push for the liberal arts college’s expensive land acquisition was cited in a press release by the college when it shut down in 2016.
Brady Toensing of Burlington, the man responsible for the claims filed to the U.S. attorney for Vermont, was a chairman for the Trump campaign in his state.
“I filed a request for an investigation in January 2016 and an investigation appears to have been started right away,” he said in an email to CBS News. “It was started under President Obama, his Attorney General, and his U.S. Attorney, all of whom are Democrats.”
“My only hope is for a fair, impartial, and thorough investigation,” Toensing added.
Weaver said that Toensing’s claim that Sanders used his influence to lobby for the loan is a “baseless” and “false political charge.”
In refuting the claim that Jane manipulated the loan application, Weaver said, “The loan was approved by the financial board at the college.”
Sanders believes the allegations are part of a political game levied against him after his run for president in the primary election.
But if they are, why lawyer up with some of the biggest defense attorneys in the country if you have nothing to fear?