Investigating Jill Stein for Russian Collusion Decried as ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Absurd’

In 2015, Stein attended a dinner in Moscow that was hosted by the Russian television news network RT—which was also attended by Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, whose interactions with Russian officials have been a focal point of special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation. Stein’s attendance at the dinner spurred criticism earlier this year, but as Politico reported in June, “Unlike Flynn—whose initially undisclosed $45,000 RT payout landed him in hot water with congressional investigators—Stein has said she was not offered any speaking fee and that she declined the Russian network’s offer to cover her travel.”

In a statement released Monday, Stein reiterated, “Our communications with Russian indiviuals regarding an invitation to speak on international relations at the RT 10th anniversary media conference will confirm what we stated publicly at that time and since: that we did not accept any payment or even reimbursement for the trip, and that we made the trip with the goal of reaching an international audience and Russian officials with a message of Middle East peace, diplomacy, and cooperation against the urgent threat of climate change, consistent with long-standing Green principles and policies.”

“Absurd targeting of Jill Stein once again shows that a central aim of the “Russia investigation” has always been to constrict the range of what is seen as acceptable political opinion: classic dissent-stifling tactic.”
—Michael Tracey, journalist
“We strongly support legitimate inquiry into any illegal activity in our elections—including quid pro quo deals, money laundering, corruption and violation of campaign finance laws,” the statement continued, while also warning, “we must guard against the potential for these investigations to be used to intimidate and silence principled opposition to the political establishment.”

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