The Green Party’s Presidential campaign just got entangled in a Congressional investigation of Russian election interference because of Jinn Stein’s frequent appearances on the Kremlin’s propaganda TV network.
The Green Party candidate won a tiny minority of votes, but more than the margin of victory by Trump in key swing states Wisconsin and Michigan. Stein’s frequent appearances on RT (Russia Today) are what has drawn the attention of the Senate after she flew to Moscow for dinner with Vladimir Putin.
Stein’s former Campaign Manager told Buzzfeed that he expected Stein to release the Senate’s document request publicly:
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Dennis Trainor Jr., who worked for the Stein campaign from January to August of 2015, says Stein contacted him on Friday saying the Senate Intelligence Committee had requested that the campaign comply with a document search.
Trainor, who served as the campaign’s communications director and acting manager during that time, told BuzzFeed News that he was informed of the committee’s request because during his time on the campaign, his personal cell phone was “a primary point of contact” for those looking to reach Stein or the campaign. That included producers from RT News, the Russian state-funded media company, who booked Stein for several appearances, Trainor said.
Jill Stein ran a campaign that didn’t impress real Green Party members in Europe where the party began, whose members called some of her points “delusional” and her attacks on Hillary Clinton “astonishing.”
Stein claims that she was not paid for her appearance at RT’s 10th Anniversary dinner, which General Michael Flynn also attended just before becoming a Trump campaign surrogate.
The American intelligence community identified RT and also Sputnik News as arms of the Putin regime last January.
Since then, RT has been forced by the Department of Justice to register as a foreign agent under the FARA Act. Registration subjects them to an intrusive and detailed regime of reporting all contacts in furtherance of Russia’s political interests and to disclose their relationship with the Kremlin.
Just like Stein says about vaccines – that “people have real questions” – it looks like the Senate has questions about her real motives for going all the way to Moscow for dinner with Putin when she claims that they didn’t even exchange a single word.
But Jill Stein’s voters probably want to know more about why their Green Party candidate who paid lip service to the global problem of climate change snuggled up so closely with a petrostate run by an autocratic dictator whom we now know to have attacked America’s democracy.