Former 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who is being looked at as part of the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into Russian interference in the election, gave a circuitous answer on Thursday when asked whether she was an unwitting agent for the Kremlin.
"Thank you for raising that question. It's really important. And there's a very clear-cut answer," Stein told CNN when asked directly by anchor Pamela Brown on "OutFront" whether she could "unequivocally" say she was not an "unwitting agent for the Russians."
"Which is that my agenda in the election was really no different fundamentally from the Green Party's agenda for the past many years, actually decades," Stein continued. "We have had a very strong peace-climate agenda, a foreign policy based on international law, human rights, and diplomacy. So there's really nothing different in this election."
"There were no introductions, no conversations...it was really quite a non-event" Jill Stein, 2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate, on being seated at the same table as Vladimir Putin during a 2015 dinner for Russian state television broadcaster RT https://t.co/CuCD0K4lCj pic.twitter.com/EXPQnF3n2s— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) December 22, 2017
The Senate Intelligence Committee has requested documents from Stein as part of its Russia probe, media outlets reported Monday.
Stein attended an RT-sponsored dinner in Moscow in 2015, where she sat alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who recently pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia.
"There were no introductions, no conversations," she said of the dinner, held in proximity to an international relations conference. "The substantive conversations actually took place at the conference. And that conference is entirely online."
"There was no really pre-contact, nor after the conference either," she added.