SANDERS: Excuse me. My wife is about the most honest person I know.
Sanders angrily responded that the allegations against his wife must be politically motivated because the complaint was started by Brady Toensing, a chairman for the Trump campaign in Vermont.
The liberal arts school, which Jane Sanders led from 2004 to 2011, announced in May it would permanently shutter due to a "crushing weight" of debt. Bernie Sanders hiring attorneys to represent her during a federal investigation into a real estate deal she was involved with, The Associated Press reported erroneously when Bernie Sanders made comments on the investigation. "When she left it, it was in better shape", Sanders explained.
She wasn't the sole cause of the college's collapse, but she spearheaded a calamitous financial decision - and is alleged to have followed-through on it by providing inaccurate information to a bank, and counting on helpful pressure from her powerful husband.
Bernie and Jane Sanders each hired lawyers in the Justice Department probe that Sanders might have used his political influence to help his wife obtain the loan for Burlington College, according to Politico. Sanders said. "It is a sad state of affairs in America, not only when we have politicians being destroyed, but when there are attacks against elected officials". "Sanders office pressured them to make the loan to Burlington College".
Sanders, an independent, ran for president as a Democrat past year but was ousted in the primary by Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in the general election.
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It was retracted the next night, and CNN apologized to Anthony Scaramucci , the Trump transition team member named in the story. On Monday, Frank turned in his resignation to CNN , as did editor Eric Lichtblau and unit head Lex Haris .
"When you go after people's wives that is really pathetic", he said.
Toensing noted that the investigation began during President Barack Obama's administration under a Democratic attorney general and US attorney for Vermont. "Let me leave it at that, because it would be improper at this point for me to say anything more".
Brady Toensing, a state chairman for the Trump campaign, filed the complaint to the US attorney for Vermont.
Weaver said Jane Sanders was working honestly to improve the outlook for Burlington College.
As for himself, Sanders has foresworn any talk now of a 2020 presidential rerun, when he will become 79. The school sought a $10 million loan to purchase 33 acres of land.
Politico on Thursday reported Jane Sanders had lawyered up with Washington attorney Larry Robbins.