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05 May, 2018

The Senate investigation into Jill Stein reveals the xenophobic, anti-democratic direction of Russiagate

The Senate Intelligence Committee has demanded all of Jill Stein’s campaign communications with “Russian persons.”

By Max Blumenthal

Part 4 - Invoking the Constitution

In a letter to the Senate, Stein’s lawyer, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, rebuffed the committee’s request, declaring that her campaign “will not participate in a hunt for the identification of persons based on nationality or descent.” Emphasizing the unconstitutional nature of the demand, Verheyden-Hilliard added that “in the United States there are millions of persons whose ancestry includes Russian heritage, rendering the request impossible to satisfy, aside from its impropriety and the chilling effect it would have on political speech and engagement in political activity.

In refusing to oblige the Senate committee’s most heavy-handed demands, Verheyden-Hilliard has invoked “constitutional privilege arising from the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” Thus the Stein campaign has asserted constitutionally protected freedoms against an official inquisition driven by rumor, innuendo, and xenophobia. So who is undermining democracy here?

The full text of Verheyden-Hilliard’s letter is below:


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