Imagine for a moment that the Bush-era DOJ had sought a FISA warrant to surveil someone on the Obama campaign. And they didn’t disclose to the court that a significant piece of evidence was an unverified product of oppo research funded by Romney.
As Orin Kerr points out, it doesn’t mean that the warrant is legally invalid or that the substance of the oppo research is incorrect. It doesn’t mean that the subject wasn’t worthy of being surveilled.
But it’s still pretty icky.
If you reverse the fact pattern, then Rep’s are apoplectic about the Dem’s ties to Russia… and Dems are appalled at the surveillance-of-a-political-foe-justified-by-oppo-research.
Who can doubt that Trump would have conspired with Putin if he thought he could get away with it? He has no moral compass. So let’s see what Mueller’s got. There’s no evidence of collusion/conspiracy yet….just a bunch of ham-fisted, ethically dubious meetings and emails.
If real evidence of conspiracy comes out, then impeachment is the only option. Until then, I’m keeping my powder dry.