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The Sanders Scandal

by Kevin D. Williamson

Are Bernie and his wife guilty of fraud and corruption?

Should Jane Sanders be charged with bank fraud? Should her husband?

The prospect of Senator Bernie Sanders’s being charged with a finance-related felony — for chiseling a bank, a public agency, and a church out of a seven-figure sum on behalf of a pinko private school known for its study-abroad program in Cuba — suggests an almost Shakespearean undoing. The Vermont socialist has made a pretty good career (the only real job he’s ever had) out of denouncing financial institutions whose businesses and products he does not understand. And he, along with his Democratic-primary rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, has specifically complained that no major Wall Street figures were charged with criminal wrongdoing after the financial crisis of 2008–09.

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