In response to the Department of Justice opening a fraud investigation into Jane Sanders’ conduct as president of Burlington College, the wife of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is calling the charges “sexism.”
The Justice Department began probing into Sanders’ activities at the now defunct college earlier this year, amid allegations that she misrepresented financials in order to obtain loans for the college, and created an enormous weight of debt, forcing closure of the facility.
Prosecutors have now called on state officials to testify before a grand jury; another sign that the FBI investigation is gaining serious momentum.
The Boston Globe reported Saturday that Jane Sanders has spoken out against Brady Toensing, a Republican candidate for US attorney who was responsible for exposing her activities at the college, thus triggering the DOJ investigation.
Sanders stated in an interview, “I find it incredibly sexist that basically he’s going after my husband by destroying my reputation, and that’s not OK.”
In his original complaint with the bank fraud allegations against Sanders, Toensing said, “Ms. Sanders’s privileged status as the wife of a powerful United States Senator seems to have inoculated her from the robust underwriting that would have uncovered the apparent fraudulent donation claims she made.”
In an interview last week, Toensing reportedly said, “My goal is for a full, fair, and impartial investigation — that’s all I care about. That people be treated the same regardless of status in this system.”
But according to Jane Sanders, the whole deal is just a way to “go after” her husband by trying to destroy her own reputation.
In a Washington Examiner opinion editorial, Emily Jashinsky wrote:
“But the senator’s wife seems to be confused, because those are two different allegations of sexism. Is it sexist that Toensing is, supposedly, going after her to discredit her husband, or is it sexist that his accusation is predicated on the charge that her husband’s help is what allowed her to secure the loan? Does she believe both to be true? If so, and Sanders used her interview with the Globe to deliberately depict herself as the victim of a sexist smear campaign, it smacks of desperation.”
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