Former Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein says she is cooperating with the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.
“Our campaign has observed the highest standards of transparency and integrity in our interactions with foreign nationals as well as Americans,” she said in a statement Monday.
“Our communications with Russian individuals regarding an invitation to speak on international relations at the RT 10th anniversary media conference will confirm hat we stated publicly at that time and since: that we did not accept any payment or reimbursement for the trip,” Stein continued.
“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.”
Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) told reporters Monday that the Senate Intelligence Committee is examining Stein’s 2016 campaign for possible “collusion with the Russians.”
Burr added that the panel has “two other campaigns that we’re just starting on” in addition to its probe of alleged ties between President Trump’s campaign and Kremlin officials.
The North Carolina senator identified one of the two campaigns as Stein’s, which received roughly 1 percent of the popular vote in last year’s White House race.
Burr has previously indicated that panel is also looking at reports about the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s Oval Office bid.
The reports about the DNC and the campaign for Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, say both entities paid for research into a controversial dossier on Trump.
The dossier contains salacious but unverified claims about Trump from a trip he took to Moscow in 2013.
Stein was present for a 2015 dinner in Moscow that was also attended by Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser.
Flynn and Stein were photographed at the same table as Russian President Vladimir Putin, who sat next to the former and across the table from the latter.
Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials have been a chief focus of both congressional investigations and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
Mueller’s investigation into election interference last year includes potential collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign.