Apparently, opposition research is only illegal and unethical if it is paid for by a Democrat:
Investigators looking into the so-called "Trump dossier" were not surprised when news broke Tuesday night that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC, working through the Democrats' law firm, Perkins Coie, financed the "salacious and unverified" compilation of allegations of Trump collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign. (The "salacious and unverified" description comes from former FBI Director James Comey.)
There had been plenty of talk about the Democrats and Perkins Coie, so much that investigators almost assumed that was the case. But it wasn't until the Washington Post broke the story that it was confirmed.
"I'm shocked," one lawmaker joked Tuesday night. "Who could have ever guessed?"
And why did the story break when it did? Credit the much-maligned Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. The California Republican has been pursuing the dossier more aggressively than anyone else, and it was his Oct. 4 subpoena for the bank records of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that handled the dossier, that finally shook loose the information.
The fact that the Steele Dossier was paid for by elements of the Clinton campaign arrives like a dull thud. So what? Trump has been up to his armpits in dirty Russian money for over a decade. Did Clinton invent that as well?
The next time a Republican complains about opposition research, introduce them to Mr. Roger Stone.