Democrats later released their own 10-page memo rebutting the Republican allegations, saying the FBI and Justice Department handled the warrant appropriately and the surveillance court was told there were political motivations behind the opposition research
Steele was working for Fusion GPS, a firm initially hired by the conservative Washington Free Beacon to do opposition research
She lacks an inside view of how campaigns run and how opposition research
Environmental Protection Agency contractors had done opposition research
for the Republican Party and submitted Freedom of Information Act requests for emails of agency employees suspected of being critical of the agency's administrator, Scott Pruitt.
Newly released documents show America Rising, led by the same opposition research
experts at Definers, has been combing EPA records for communications between EPA staff and the news media and Democratic members of Congress.
The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative online publication backed by billionaire Republican megadonor Paul Singer, said on Friday it was the original funder of the Fusion GPS project to compile opposition research
on multiple Republican presidential candidates, including Trump.
Bainum, a representative of the American Bridge liberal opposition research
group, added: "Would anyone but the president's son-in-law still have a West Wing job after repeated disclosure errors and a botched security clearance form?
The error was first spotted by Democratic opposition research
group American Bridge, which was then published by the outlet.
He said gathering opposition research
on rivals during an election campaign was standard practice and that "most people would have taken that meeting".
Seeking or accepting information, even from a foreign government, in the course of a political campaign is not a crime - the Clinton campaign reportedly turned to Ukraine in the course of its opposition research
on Manafort and Trump.
intelligence establishment to Nazi Germany -- for presumably leaking the content of an opposition research
dossier on him.
The reported Russian cyber attack on the US Democratic Party's opposition research
database shows that foreign intelligence agencies are increasingly focusing on soft targets to gain the information they seek.