Last week it was a GOP plot, now Jane Sanders, says Brady Toensing, the person credited with getting the FBI to investigate her for bank fraud, did so for sexist reasons, but the timeline doesn’t quite work. While Toensing may have pushed the FBI to get involved, Sanders story had already been unraveling.
She told the Boston Globe:
“I find it incredibly sexist that basically he’s going after my husband by destroying my reputation, and that’s not OK,” she said in her first interview about the man responsible for an FBI probe that centers on her leadership at Burlington College, a small liberal arts school on Lake Champlain that she led from 2004 to 2011. The college closed last year as it struggled to pay its creditors and lost its accreditation.
As Vice-Chair of the state’s GOP, Toensing has a become well-known as someone who finds a legal attacks any liberal where he finds an opening. His targets have included the former governor and attorney general (both men). His biggest target by far has been the Sanders family.
Jane Sanders’ troubles began with accusations of bank fraud being levied in her general direction after accounting discrepancies were detected in her work with a local Vermont college. She is accused of not being honest when she applied for the loan that sent the college off the fiscal cliff, Ms. Sanders claimed the college could count on $2.6 million in donations to pay for loan on the purchased land, according to the 2010 loan application. But in actuality she raised only $676,000 in donations over the next four years.
According to the Boston Globe report:
Toensing’s opposition research on Jane Sanders began in 2014, when the idea of Bernie Sanders’ eventual run for president made most Vermonters laugh. Late that summer, he approached a Vermont news outlet promising a juicy scoop. Jane Sanders had received a lucrative payout when she left the small, struggling college, he said.
A month later, attack ads appeared on local television that accused her of accepting a “golden parachute” from Burlington College even though her husband had criticized Wall Street executives for taking such payouts.
A little more than a year later, Toensing filed a complaint with the Vermont US attorney that requested an investigation into alleged bank fraud by Jane Sanders.
He accused the former college president of misleading a bank into financing the 2010 purchase of land to expand the Burlington campus. Jane Sanders, he said, had knowingly overstated the prospect of philanthropic pledges to obtain the loan.
According to the Globe until sometime in 2015, Toensing was attacking Sanders’ “golden parachute,” But the revelation about the possible misdeeds began to seep out in 2015…