In a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee, attorneys representing Green Party candidate Jill Stein argued they would not be turning over all the documents requested by the committee regarding the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, saying the request is “overboard.”
The Intercept reported Stein’s lawyers are citing constitutional objections, saying the scope of the inquiry is too broad and that some of the information in those documents is protected by the First Amendment.
The letter was addressed to committee chair Richard Burr (R-NC), as well as ranking member Mark Warner, (D-VA).
Stein’s attorneys have agreed to release some of the information requested, but not all. They have also agreed to supply the committee with “all communications between the campaign and ‘Russian media organizations, their employees, or associates’ between February 6, 2015, and the present.”
However, Steins’s lawyers said they will not supply communications and emails from the “campaign’s policy discussions regarding Russia” during that same period of time.
The attorney who wrote the letter, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the Washington-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, wrote the campaign will refuse to produce those materials “on the basis of constitutional privilege arising from the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” and she also wrote that communications within the campaign at that time are “not pertinent to the subject of Russian interference” in the elections.
Questions about Stein’s role in the Russian interference have been circulating ever since news of her attending a dinner in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin and former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn—who is now under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.
From The Intercept:
In the view of the Stein campaign, this is a request that unfairly puts all people of Russian descent under suspicion.
The campaign is adamant that it will “not be disclosing names of persons with whom they have ever communicated, including American political supporters, targeted because they happen to be Russian immigrants or of Russian descent. We reiterate here that the responding parties will not participate in a hunt for identification of persons based on nationality or descent.”