Sen. Bernie Sanders and Jane Sanders hire lawyers amid FBI investigation

"Unfair to Bernie!" Trump said.

CBS News reported on Saturday that both Sanders and his wife are the subject of an FBI investigation in relation to bank fraud that Jane Sanders allegedly committed as the president of Burlington College. "I wasn't there when Jane was there", Holm said.

"They were trying to get clarification on what the accusations are because they had not been contacted by anybody as to an investigation", Holm said. "Rather than stoking divisions from the last election, the president should be bringing the country together to defend our country and our democracy". Holm told Seven Days she spoke with Matt Shagam, an attorney with Burlington lawyer Rich Cassidy's firm.

Jane O'Meara Sanders in Sen. Instead, the letter states that the firm "represents Wendy Wilton", who is a Catholic parishioner in Vermont. The bio on her firm's website says she's a trial attorney who specializes in "complex civil litigation and government investigations and enforcement actions". But bitterness about the primary has fed the story; on Twitter, Clinton supporters have joined a chorus of conservatives in crowing that Sanders is "under FBI investigation". The letter alleged that to secure a $10 million loan and execute her grand plan to expand the college, Jane Sanders had falsified and inflated almost $2 million that she'd claimed donors had pledged to repay the loans. It also listed a $1 million bequest as money that it would receive in the next four years, even though the donor giving it had only promised the money after her death.

Between 2010 and 2014 the college collected only $676,000 in donations, according to former college officials. In 2014, the school was placed under probation, and in 2016 it closed for good. Toensing also writes that during Sanders' tenure at Burlington College, she "steered hundreds of thousands of dollars of the nonprofit college's limited resources to her family and friends". All of this relates to the collapse of Burlington College and Jane Sanders' role in what happened.

These allegations were brought to light when Brady Toensing of Burlington filed the claims with the USA district attorney in Vermont.

Mrs. Sanders purportedly distorted school donor levels in the loan application she filed to People's United Bank.

Midura then asked Sanders if the charge was nonsense.

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