Senator Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane Sanders recently hired lawyers in response to an FBI investigation into Mrs. Sanders’s tenure as the president of the now-defunct Burlington College, as we reported. On Saturday, Sen. Sanders responded to this news Saturday, suggesting as he has from the beginning that the investigation is baseless.
From The Washington Post:
“This was a story that just, amazingly enough, came out in the middle of my presidential campaign, initiated by Donald Trump’s campaign manager in Vermont,” Sanders said in an interview, between rallies in Pennsylvania and Ohio organized to defeat Senate Republicans’ health-care bill. “That’s about it. I don’t think it’ll be a distraction.”
“That’s one of the things that’s very sad about our politics today,” Jane Sanders told The Washington Post this month when asked about the Burlington College probe. “The Sanders Institute will not be taking any potshots at people.”
Some Hillary Clinton supporters have noted the irony that, after the election, that between her, Sanders, and President Trump, she is the only one not currently embroiled in a federal investigation.
Of course, during the campaign, Sen. Sanders had a good moment when he promised on a debate stage to not make an issue of the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server. After it became clear he was likely not going to catch Clinton in the delegate race, he altered his tone slightly saying that the investigation should go on. Still, Jane Sanders seemed to imply that the FBI investigation into Clinton had gone on too long and should be wrapped up in April of 2016.
While Sen. Sanders calls this investigation a distraction, that he and his wife hired lawyers shows that it’s a serious distraction. Still, despite this investigation, Sanders remains the most popular active politician in America.
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