Green Party's Jill Stein refuses to turn over campaign documents to Senate intel committee
Jill Stein in Russia -- (Youtube screen grab)
April 26, 2018
Attorneys for Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein are submitting a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee stating she will not supply it with all of the information they have requested about the 2016 campaign, calling the request "overbroad."
According to The Intercept, which received a copy of the letter to be delivered on Thursday, Stein is refusing to turn over everything they have asked for as it related to their probe into Russian activities in the 2016 election.
In the letter addressed to committee chair Richard Burr, R-N.C., and ranking member Mark Warner, D-Va., the attorneys say the campaign will agree to turn over some documents, but raised constitutional objections over the request.
Stein has been under scrutiny over her visit to Russia where she was photographed sitting at dinner prior to the election with Russian President Vladimir Putin and former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn who is currently being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller.
According to the Intercept report, Stein's attorneys say they are willing to turn over "all communications between the campaign and 'Russian media organizations, their employees, or associates' between February 6, 2015, and the present."
Where they are drawing the line is a request for communications and emails from the “campaign’s policy discussions regarding Russia” during the same time frame.
According to Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, of the Washington-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, who authored the letter, the campaign will refuse to produce those materials “on the basis of constitutional privilege arising from the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”
She also added that internal campaign communications are “not pertinent to the subject of Russian interference” in the elections.
You can read the whole report right here.