Some GOP senators also tried to flip the script by raising the 2016 election and the controversial opposition research
dossier against Trump, known as the Steele dossier.
As The New York Times reported in November, Facebook hired the Republican opposition research
firm Defenders and went into full attack mode, enlisting Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to strongarm opponents.
30 "Red Hat Cocktail Party" launching the project and held on the campus of the Catholic University of America, the group's chief operating officer and development director made a presentation that asked at one point whether Francis would have been elected pope in 2013 had opposition research
been available to the gathered electors.
As part of his 2016 reelection campaign, DuPont hired a campaign manager and she in turn at the judge's request hired a third person to do opposition research
on the judge's opponent.
He also may be simultaneously too Republican and not Republican enough, according to an opposition research
document used by Democrats that was obtained by The Daily Record.<br />The 1,418-page reportprovides an exhaustive dive into the life of Hogan, who is seeking to become only the second two-term Republican state executive.
The compromising informationranging from allegations of the Trump team's criminal activities to the sexual depravities of Trump himselfwas sourced to a 35-page-long opposition research
file allegedly authored by the ex-British spy Christopher Steele.
For some Republicans, this meant the bureau's entire inquiry was sparked by phony opposition research
as part of a Democratic dirty trick--that is, a hoax that should be shut down.
Trump said McMaster overlooked Democratic funding of political opposition research
in a controversial dossier alleging shady Trump links to Russian operatives.
Whether the Steele dossier is valid opposition research
written by someone who is an acknowledged expert on Russian intelligence or a Democrat-financed hit job, the FBI clearly had plenty of other reasons to be scrutinizing Page as well as colleagues like Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn.
The central charge of the Nunes memo is that the FBI relied too heavily on opposition research
funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign in its application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for a warrant to eavesdrop on the communications of Carter Page, who served for a time as a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.
The memo's central allegation is that agents and prosecutors, in applying in October 2016 to monitor Page's communications, failed to tell a judge that the opposition research
that provided grounds for the FBI's suspicion received funding from Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
The document also asserts that opposition research
, conducted by a British spy and funded in part by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign, formed a critical basis for the allegations contained in the warrant application.