A report published Monday indicates that the Green Party candidate for president in 2016, Jill Stein, is now being investigated by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Why is she being investigated?
The report from Buzzfeed says that the committee is requesting documentation from the campaign to be turned over, and it appears to be related to their probe into Russian collusion and election interference.
"Dennis Trainor Jr., who worked for the Stein campaign from January to August of 2015," the report said, "says Stein contacted him on Friday saying the Senate Intelligence Committee had requested that the campaign comply with a document search."
Buzzfeed asked committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) what they were investigating Stein and the Green Party for, and he responded bluntly, "collusion with the Russians." Burr said that the committee is "just starting" its work investigating two campaigns, but did not elaborate.
Does Stein have Russian links?
Yes. Stein has been criticized in the past for favorable comments she's made about Russian President Vladimir Putin, and for a 2015 dinner she attended by "Russia Today" in Moscow.
At the dinner, she sat next to Putin, and former Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn, who has since plead guilty to lying to the FBI.
Here's Stein praising the diplomatic collaboration she had with Russia at the dinner:
An investigation into Jill Stein & her role in Putin's active measures to control our election?
Watch this video of Stein from Moscow’s Red Square in which she talks about “the need to rein in American exceptionalism” & replace “US policy based on domination” pic.twitter.com/kWY7Ts2swL
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) December 19, 2017
“There’s a lot of smoke around RT and not a lot of fire,” Trainor said of the meeting.