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) SandersAvenatti on 2020 campaign: 'The truth is my policy issue' Democrats embracing socialism is dangerous for America Pressley seeks Ocasio-Cortez-styled win in Boston 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 TrumpMattis defends reversing his stance on Trump's 'Space Force' Pelosi: Trump engages in racism 'constantly' Tom Steyer: Pelosi is wrong about Trump impeachment push 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.