Speculation is rising over the nearing confirmation vote for director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) — particularly in regards to if Senator Bernie Sanders will participate in the vote or not. His wife is under FBI investigation which many find to be a conflict of interest.
Senator Bernie Sanders’ office, when contacted by Red Alert Politics, declined to answer if he will abstain from voting on President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the FBI.
Citing the legal circumstances behind the bureau investigation of Jane Sanders — who is accused of misreporting loan documents while she was the president of the now-defunct Burlington College — Sanders’ Senate office, when pressed, refused to answer if Sanders will vote to confirm Christopher Wray as James Comey’s replacement. Trump fired Comey on May 9 and announced Wray’s nomination almost a month later.
The former Democratic presidential candidate has repeatedly denied the allegations, which includes peddling influence as a senator to help secure financing for loans for Burlington College. Last year, a blogger reported Jane Sanders inflated the small college’s donation figures.
“That allegation came from the vice chairman of the Vermont Republican Party, Donald Trump’s Vermont state director,” Sanders told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. “That is an absolute lie.”
Wray’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was Wednesday and lasted just over four-and-a-half hours. It appears there is support on both sides for the former assistant attorney general. Despite Democratic opposition from Oregon senator Jeff Merkley, some of his party colleagues, like Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar, Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal, and California’s Dianne Feinstein, voiced their support for Wray.
“Well, I’ll be very candid with you. I’m going to vote yes,” Feinstein said. “I see him as being a good FBI director, how good the proof is always in the pudding.”
Presently, the FBI has not formally filed charges against Jane Sanders.