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

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

His interview came after reports that he and his wife had lawyered up as feds looked into allegations Jane Sanders fudged loan documents for a 33-acre expansion to Burlington College's campus while she served as the school president.

The couple are understood to have hired high-profile Washington lawyers.

Sanders also suggested in the video that the inquiry was politically motivated, but wouldn't comment further.

The FBI investigation stems from a January 2016 complaint by Brady Toensing, who was chairman of the Trump campaign in Vermont.

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.

As for himself, Sanders has foresworn any talk now of a 2020 presidential rerun, when he will become 79. It closed in 2016 after struggling to make the repayments.

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.

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"So all that I will tell you now, Erin, it is a sad state of affairs in America", Sanders added, "not only when we have you know politicians being destroyed ... when there are attacks against elected officials, when you're going after your wife, people's wives, that is pretty pathetic, and that's where we are right now, and that's about all that I'm going to say".

"That's what this is about".

SANDERS: Excuse me. My wife is about the most honest person I know.

During Tuesday's interview, Sen. "There's an implication, and from at least one individual, an explicit argument that when they called for an investigation into Burlington College that you used your influence to secure a loan from People's United-" The senator cut him off. Sanders is used to fielding softball questions from an adoring local press, but his inquisitor, Kyle Midura of Burlington TV station WCAX, had a rare opportunity to put him on the spot.

"That's all that I want to say and we'll let it play out", he said.

Burnett tried to follow up with Sanders, wanting to know if he was aware that his wife was under an FBI investigation, but he refused to go much deeper than his first response.

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