ARCHIVE – In this December 5, 2016 archive photo, Jill Stein, the presidential candidate of the Green Party, speaks at a press conference in front of Trump Tower in New York. Jill Stein says she is cooperating with an investigation by the Senate intelligence committee into Russian interference in the elections. Stein ran against President Donald Trump as a member of the Green Party. (Mark Lennihan / Associated Press)
By Mary Clare Jalonick | AP By Mary Clare Jalonick | AP December 19 at 5:34 PM
WASHINGTON – The Senate intelligence committee requested documents from Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein as part of her investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, adding another new thread to the panel's research as it progresses next year.
Stein said on Tuesday he was cooperating with the investigation and providing documents to the committee. She has caught the interest of researchers in part because she attended a dinner in Moscow in 2015 sponsored by the Russian television network RT with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, a Republican, seemed to confirm the new focus inquiry in Stein on Monday. When asked what the committee wanted to know about Stein's campaign, Burr responded: "Collusion with the Russians."
The request to Stein is further evidence that the Senate panel will still have a lot of work to do in 2018. While the investigation largely focused on Russian interference and whether it was in any way related to the Republican campaign of President Donald Trump, researchers are following multiple leads.
Burr was shy about other campaigns that the panel might be investigating. On Monday, he told reporters that the committee has "two other campaigns that we are beginning," one of which indicated that it was Stein's. He did not answer the reporters' questions on Tuesday about what the other campaign is, but hinted that it was Democrat Hillary Clinton to dismiss other candidates.
The panel has already interviewed several Clinton campaign officials and has been investigating a record of allegations about Trump's ties with Russia. The Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped finance that political investigation. It is not clear if Burr was referring to a new phase of the research or the work they have already done.
The panel's leading Democrat, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, did not say who is investigating the panel, but said Tuesday that Stein was at the "infamous dinner" with Putin. Michael Flynn, who later became Trump's national security adviser, also attended the 2015 dinner. Flynn is cooperating with the investigation of special lawyer Robert Mueller on Russian meddling and has pleaded guilty to the charge of making false statements. to FBI agents.
Warner also said that Stein had said complementary things about Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, which Warner said "clearly was being used by the Russians to take part of the pirated information and the liberation in our political system".
WikiLeaks launched stolen emails from several Democratic officials during the campaign. Assange denies having received the material from Russia.
Stein ran against Trump and Clinton and received about 1 percent of the vote. He said in the statement that the documents show that he "made the trip with the aim of reaching an international audience and Russian officials with a message of peace in the Middle East, diplomacy and cooperation against the urgent threat of climate change, in line with the green of long dating ". principles and policies. "
As the Senate investigation appears to be far from over, the House Intelligence Committee is working to complete its own investigation into the intrusion early next year." Researchers are talking to people this week with hope that they finish most of their interviews before January A final report – or two final reports, if the Democrats decide to write their own – could be submitted in early 2018.
One of the witnesses this week is the deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, who spoke Tuesday with House investigators while Republicans have accused political biases within the ranks of the FBI, have focused on hundreds of text messages between an FBI counterintelligence agent and an FBI lawyer They show officials using words like "idiot" and "disgusting human" to characterize Trump while running for president.
Peter Strzok, a veteran The FBI counterintelligence agent was removed from Mueller's team during the summer after the discovery of text messages exchanged with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who was also detailed to the agent group and prosecutors investigating the possible coordination between Russia and the Trump Republican campaign.  The messages were reviewed by The Associated Press.
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