Bernie Sanders and wife lawyer up bigtime in response to FBI investigation for bank fraud

Bernie Sanders and wife lawyer up bigtime in response to FBI investigation for bank fraud

Say it ain’t so! CBS News reports that Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife, Jane, have hired some big legal guns to defend them as evidence mounts in an FBI investigation of the couple over allegations of bank fraud. At issue is a loan Jane Sanders obtained to expand Burlington College while she was its president.

Sanders’ top adviser Jeff Weaver told CBS News the couple has sought legal protection over federal agents’ allegations from a January 2016 complaint accusing … Ms. Sanders … of distorting donor levels in a 2010 loan application for $10 million from People’s United Bank to purchase 33 acres of land for the institution.

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Burlington attorney and Sanders supporter Rich Cassidy has reportedly been hired to represent Sen. Sanders. And high-profile Washington defense attorney Larry Robbins, who counseled Libby “Scooter” Robbins, former Chief of Staff for the Vice President, is protecting Jane Sanders.

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Naturally, CBS devotes less space to the charges against the Sanderses than it does to a defense of the couple by Weaver, who calls the claim that Sen. Sanders used his influence to lobby for the loan “baseless” and “false.” Weaver also denies the allegation that Jane Sanders manipulated the loan application. The matter of guilt and innocence is now up to the courts to decide.

It is fascinating, meantime, that the liberal pols who shriek loudest about how corrupt the “system” is are always the ones who exploit the system for their personal gain.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."