In a Tuesday interview on CNN’s 'New Day,' Sen. Tim Kaine admitted the Clinton campaign's role in manufacturing the so-called 'Steele dossier' but added that "every campaign does oppo research on its opponents."
"That’s not any evidence of collusion. That’s what done," he noted.
TIM KAINE: They’re trying to change the subject. But the good news is Director Mueller can look at all of it. We want Director Mueller to stay in place. That’s why I’m part of efforts in the Senate to limit President Trump’s ability to move on Director Mueller. He's got to stay in place. The investigation has to have the resources it needs to complete its investigation.
ALYSON CAMEROTA, CNN: But do you see these things are equivalent, the Clinton campaign looking for dirt from Russians, and Russians offering dirt to the Trump campaign?
KAINE: If you’re asking about the dossier, that was funded by an online conservative publication in Washington, The Washington Free Beacon--
CAMEROTA: At first, then the Hillary campaign, right?
KAINE: Let me finish — and they hired a firm with a British secret service agent.
And when they decided to drop it, apparently we now know that some of the funds that were paid to continue the investigation were paid for by the Clinton campaign. But we all do oppo research. Every candidate does oppo research on their opponent. You can ask any candidate for office. They do it. And hiring a firm to do oppo research is pretty common practice. That’s not any evidence of collusion. That’s what done...
But look, let's get to the bottom of it all.
Let’s all Democrats and Republicans that Director Mueller will have the complete latitude and resources to get to the bottom of this. If the president will say that and... congressional Democrats say that, then the nation will be well served.