A Vermont Trump campaign chair’s efforts to prove Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wife committed bank fraud are “sexist,” Jane Sanders charged in a new interview.
“I find it incredibly sexist that basically he’s going after my husband by destroying my reputation, and that’s not OK,” she told the Boston Globe.
Brady Toensing’s crusade that led feds to probe a land deal she made as president of Burlington College is sexist, Sanders later argued, because it presumes her husband intervened to help her obtain a bank loan. That isn’t true, she claimed.
Toensing, a Vermont U.S. attorney candidate and vice chair of the state’s Republican party, reportedly began his Sanders opposition research in 2014. All he wants is justice, he maintains.
“My goal is for a full, fair, and impartial investigation — that’s all I care about,” he told the Globe. “That people be treated the same regardless of status in this system.”
Sanders, who helmed the since-shuttered liberal arts school from 2004 to 2011, has come under Justice Department scrutiny over allegations she falsified loan documents for a 33-acre campus expansion, local Vermont site VTDigger first reported in April.
Toensing’s complaint to the U.S. Attorney’s office claimed Sanders had knowingly overstated the projected amount of donations in 2010 on a $ 10 million loan application, and the FBI has reportedly since launched an investigation.
Sanders allegedly indicated pledged donations totaled $ 2.6 million, despite the college only receiving $ 676,000 over the next four years, according to VTDigger.
But the ex-president insisted her leadership of the school, which announced in May it would permanently close due to overwhelming debt and a loss of accreditation, had put it on the path to financial success.
“The bank knew from all the indicators of a college, the Department of Education, the accreditors, the audits, and their firsthand knowledge as our bank, that we were in the best shape the college had ever been in,” Sanders told the Globe.
Jane Sanders has retained the counsel of Washington attorney Larry Robbins, while her husband has lawyered up with Sanders supporter Rich Cassidy, Politico reported.
Though Toensing’s allegations against the Sanderses may be his highest-profile, the 49-year-old has a well-documented history of filing complaints and records requests against Democrats and progressives in his state, the Washington Post noted last week.
Bernie Sanders in late June insisted the attacks on his wife were politically motivated — noting Toensing’s complaint came five years after the land deal, just as he was running for President.
He defended Jane Sanders as “about the most honest person I know.”
“It is a sad state of affairs in America,” Sanders told CNN. “Not only when we have politicians being destroyed … but you go after your wife, people’s wives, that is pretty pathetic.”