Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on Tuesday said it was principle - not some "special golden goose" - behind her campaign's decision to withhold documents from a Senate panel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
"We complied with everything actually relevant to the question of Russian interference," Stein said on CNN's "New Day" morning program.
"What we did not turn over was our internal discussions about policy, which were really no great shakes because there's really not much difference between the policies that the Green Party has held for a long time and the policies of the campaign," Stein said.
"It's not like there's some, you know, special golden goose that we're protecting here or some vulnerable conversation," Stein said. "But rather we're standing up on a principle and that is the principle that's part of the First Amendment -- our right to basically freedom of association. That needs to be protected."
The Senate Intelligence Committee continues its probe into Russia's interference, and Stein said it would be "naïve" to think Russia didn't attempt to interfere. However, the "U.S. does it, too," Stein told CNN.
"It should be pursued, but we should pursue it knowing that we do it, too," Stein told CNN. "The records show that we do it about twice as much as the Russians over the course of the past, really since the second World War.
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