Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends wife, Jane, amid investigation allegations

The wife of Senator Bernie Sanders is reportedly under federal investigation. It centers on Jane Sanders’ time as president of the now-defunct Burlington College campus and a land deal she made in hopes of expanding the school.


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Senator Sanders’ former campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, spoke with NBC’s Renee Wunderlich on the phone Wednesday.

Weaver said Jane Sanders hasn’t been told she’s under investigation, but she has hired attorney Larry Robbins of the Washington, D.C. firm Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP.

NBC5 News reached out to Robbins for comment but has not yet heard back.

Weaver said Jane Sanders hired Robbins several months ago in response to a federal investigation into the land deal she made while president at Burlington College.

He said there is no evidence that Senator Sanders is under investigation.

On CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront Tuesday night, the Senator declined to say whether his wife was under investigation by the FBI.

However, he did say this.

“When she (Jane) came to that college, it was failing academically and financially. When she left it, it was in better shape than it ever did, said Senator Sanders. Five years later, just at the moment, coincidentally, no doubt, when I am a candidate for president of the United States, Donald Trump’s campaign manager — a vice-chairman of the Republican party in Vermont — launched this investigation.”

Sanders also called his wife “the most honest person he knows.”

These statements echo what Senator Sanders told NBC5’s Stewart Ledbetter last month.

NBC5 asked the spokesman if Jane Sanders would be making any statement regarding the investigation.

Weaver said that at this point they’re waiting for the process to play itself out.

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