Sanders: FBI's investigation of wife won’t be a ‘distraction’

Sanders: FBI's investigation of wife won’t be a ‘distraction’
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersA case for open borders and how it can boost the world economy Sen. Sanders: 'Hypocrite' Trump rants against undocumented immigrants, but hires them at his properties On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump floats tariffs on European cars | Nikki Haley slams UN report on US poverty | Will tax law help GOP? It's a mystery MORE (I-Vt.) says the FBI's investigation of his wife, Jane Sanders, will not "be a distraction," The Washington Post reported Sunday.

“This was a story that just, amazingly enough, came out in the middle of my presidential campaign, initiated by Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws MORE’s campaign manager in Vermont,” Sanders told the newspaper. “That’s about it. I don’t think it’ll be a distraction.”

The bureau is reportedly looking into whether Jane Sanders falsified loan documents while she served as the president of Burlington College. The small Vermont liberal arts school closed down in May 2016 after going bankrupt and failing to meet accreditation standards.

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Bernie and Jane Sanders have hired two top D.C.-based lawyers, Rich Cassidy and Larry Robbins, as their legal counsel for the ongoing probe, which began in January, the senator's former campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, told Politico.

“It would be negligent for anyone involved in the matter to not retain counsel,” Weaver told the news outlet.

Weaver last month told The Daily Caller that the FBI had not yet contacted Bernie Sanders.

The FBI has not filed formal charges against Jane Sanders.