Jane Sanders

A federal investigation of Jane Sanders is quickly becoming a political problem for her husband, Sen. Bernie Sanders. Officials are looking into whether Jane Sanders lied on a loan application when she was president of Burlington College, a small liberal arts school along the shore of Lake Champlain in Vermont.

Questions about Jane Sanders' time at the college are putting Bernie Sanders on the defensive at a time when national speaking tours and regular appearances on cable talk shows have some of his supporters predicting a 2020 presidential run.

Jane Sanders, wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, has hired lawyers as an investigation continues into her role in a land deal when she was president of Burlington College.
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"Jane Sanders lawyers up." That's the latest development in the winding saga of the financial woes of Burlington College while Jane Sanders - the wife of Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders -  was its president. It's also the headline of a piece for Politico Magazine which journalist Harry Jaffe wrote last week.