A Republican senator has confirmed that former Green Party candidate Jill Stein and her campaign are also being investigated for potential Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election in special counsel Robert S. Mueller's probe.
Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina said on Dec. 18 that the special counsel is "just starting on" investigating two more campaigns for potentially colluding with Russian officials during the presidential election, the Inquisitr reports.
In addition to Stein's campaign, Mueller's probe is also looking into reports that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign funded the infamous "Trump Dossier," which led to documents about President Donald Trump's alleged "sexploits" in Moscow in 2013.
Burr's confirmation suggests the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into potential Russian collusion during the 2016 election is far from over, despite rumors that the probe would come to a conclusion by the end of the year.
Stein is reportedly being investigated because of her appearance at the same 2015 Moscow dinner that former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn attended. She was photographed sitting at the same table with Flynn and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Stein previously appeared on CNN to downplay the significance of the photo, the Washington Examiner reported. She said she spoke in Moscow at the time to call for a "peace offensive" in the Middle East. She also accused Democrats of looking for "someone to blame" for their loss in the 2016 presidential election.
"I think it's very related to the fact that the Democrats are looking for someone to blame," Stein said. "They're looking at [Democratic primary candidate and Vermont Sen.] Bernie Sanders. They're looking at [former FBI Director] James Comey. They're looking at me."
She added: "Can they blame us for the loss of 1,000 legislative seats over the past 10 years. For the loss of two-thirds of governors. For the loss of the recent special elections in Georgia? I don't think so, I think the -- Democrats really have to look internally. People have had it with being thrown under the bus."
Flynn was recently indicted and has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, The New York Times reported. He is the first White House official to strike a cooperation deal with special counsel Mueller's probe.
Trump's lawyer, Ty Cobb, downplayed the potential impact Flynn's deal could have on the investigation.
“Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn,” Cobb said in a statement, according to The New York Times.