Bernie Sanders Says He Did Not Help Burlington College Secure a Loan

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, said that his office did not help his wife, who was president of Burlington College, secure a loan for the since-closed liberal-arts institution, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Mr. Sanders’s wife, Jane Sanders, brokered a land deal for the college in 2010, when she was its president. The college purchased the former headquarters of the state’s Roman Catholic diocese for $10 million with plans to expand and recruit more students.

Ms. Sanders wanted an increase of donations and enrollment to help pay for the land, but ultimately the college closed in 2016 under the weight of debt. She stepped down in 2011, a year after the land deal.

Mr. Sanders responded to the allegation that his office had helped his wife secure the loan for the college, telling the MSNBC journalist Chris Hayes that the claim was “an absolute lie.”

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