Senate Russia probe looking into Jill Stein

  • Jill Stein, the presidential Green Party candidate, speaks in front of Trump Tower in New York. ap file photo

Associated Press
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Senate intelligence committee has asked for documents from Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein as part of its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, adding another new thread to the panel’s investigation as it heads into next year.

Stein said Tuesday that she was cooperating with the probe and providing documents to the committee. She has captured the interest of investigators partly because she attended a 2015 dinner in Moscow sponsored by Russian television network RT with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, Richard Burr, R-N.C., appeared to confirm the investigation’s new focus on Stein on Monday. Asked what the committee wanted to know about from Stein’s campaign, Burr responded: “Collusion with the Russians.”

The request to Stein is more evidence that the Senate panel will still have much work to do in 2018. While the investigation has largely focused on both the Russian interference and whether it was in any way connected to President Donald Trump’s Republican campaign, investigators are following multiple leads.

Burr was coy about other campaigns the panel may be looking into. On Monday, he told reporters that the committee has “two other campaigns that we’re just starting on,” one of which he indicated was Stein’s. He would not answer questions from reporters Tuesday about what the other campaign is but hinted that it was Democrat Hillary Clinton’s by ruling out other candidates.

The panel has already interviewed several Clinton campaign officials and has been investigating a dossier of allegations about Trump’s ties to Russia. Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund that political research. It’s unclear if Burr was referring to a new phase of the investigation or work they have already done.

The top Democrat on the panel, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, would not say whom the panel is investigating but noted on Tuesday that Stein was at the “infamous dinner” with Putin. Warner also said Stein had said complimentary things about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who Warner said “clearly was being used by the Russians to take some of the hacked information and release into our political system.”