Bernie and Jane Sanders have lawyered up in connection to an ongoing FBI bank fraud investigation into the couple, CBS News reports.
The hiring of the attorneys was confirmed to CBS News by Jeff Weaver, the campaign manager for Sanders in his bid to win the Democratic Party nomination in the 2016 presidential race. I wish I didn't have to say it.
"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.
To defend herself, Sanders has hired two well-known lawyers: Rich Cassidy and Larry Robbins. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who has retained counsel as the FBI investigates whether his wife Jane committed fraud to acquire a loan for a now-shuttered Vermont college, predicted Saturday night that the probe would be a political fizzle. Sanders has called all of the allegations "nonsense". Instead, the letter states that the firm "represents Wendy Wilton", who is a Catholic parishioner in Vermont.
VTDigger, a local investigative news website, reported that the school then received only $279,000 in cash donations, and that the donors whose pledges were listed in the signed statement had no idea that those pledges had been used to secure 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. It closed in May 2016, with officials citing debt from the land purchase as the primary reason. Holm said she gave the agent paper and digital records.
Brady Toensing of Burlington is responsible for launching the complaint to the US attorney for Vermont.
Instead, Todd asked Sanders questions like, "Why do you think Democrats lost that special election in Georgia last week?" or "are you open to some sort of bipartisan compromise [on the health care bill]?"
Toensing was alerted to the story after a local Vermont paper, Seven Days, published an article about the $10 million of debt Burlington College was in. "I was contacted and spoke with an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent numerous times last spring, again last summer", Moore told Vermont Public Radio in May 2017, "and recently, maybe a month ago". He refused to provide further detail about the discussion.
To be sure, hiring attorneys shouldn't be taken as an indication of guilt.