Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) appeared on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show Monday night, where he was questioned on all sorts of political topics, including Oprah Winfrey, and the investigation on alleged Trump-Russia collusion. But there was one topic that Cooper never brought up: The senator’s wife, Jane Sanders, who is being investigated for bank fraud.
A grand jury is now hearing from witnesses in the case to determine whether indictments should be issued, Vermont-based blogger VT Digger reported. The investigation hinges on whether Jane Sanders, a former Burlington College president, was honest about the amount of donations the Vermont college had received in 2010 to finance the purchase of 33 acres of lakefront property from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington.
The deal relied on pledged donations and projections of increased enrollment, which VT Digger previously reported as being overstated.
Following mainstream news protocol these days, Cooper did not go near that subject, despite the fact that on Monday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) sent out an email featuring a meme of Jane Sanders in jail. “The Obama Justice Department launched a federal probe into allegations that Jane committed bank fraud while she was president of the now-defunct Burlington College, and that Bernie used his official office to grease the wheels on a loan,” the email reads.
Instead of grilling Sanders about these new developments, The Washington Free Beacon reported that Cooper asked the man whether or not he thinks President Donald Trump should testify under oath in the Robert Mueller investigation, and about whether “there’s a legitimate concern regarding the president’s stability.”
Cooper wanted to know which party Sanders thinks a government shutdown would hurt politically and whether funding for a wall along the U.S.’s border with Mexico would be a nonstarter in the DACA debate, but he didn’t say one word about Jane Sanders.
Cooper’s final question to Sanders was regarding Oprah Winfrey’s chances to win the White House in 2020. Noting that he didn’t have a clue, Sanders added, “Everybody knows that Oprah is a tremendously intelligent, articulate person.”
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