Jill Stein was the Green Party’s nominee for president in the 2016 election. Stein regularly appeared on Russia’s state-run television network RT, including as counterprogramming to mainstream network coverage of important events such as the general-election debates and election night itself.
She also attended the RT Gala in December 2015, where she sat at the same table as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Michael Flynn, who would go on to become an adviser to the Trump campaign and ultimately Trump’s first National Security Advisor. According to the Steele Dossier, the Kremlin funded Stein’s trip to Moscow, an assertion Stein denies. During her candidacy, Stein was notably critical of the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, whose policy toward Syria Stein said would likely lead to nuclear war with Russia. Moreover, Stein espoused several foreign policy positions, including her criticism of NATO, suggestion that Russia’s claim to Crimea may be legitimate, and “whataboutism” on the subject of Russian human rights abuses, that dovetail with Russian foreign policy goals. On December 18, 2017, BuzzFeed reported that the Senate Intelligence Committee had contacted Stein to request campaign documents as part of its ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Stein has stated that she had “zero” involvement in Russia’s interference in the election. (Photo credit: Gabriel Olsen / Getty Images)