Graham: Why aren't Democrats outraged over Hillary hiring a foreign agent to dig up dirt?

Good question, and Lindsey Graham makes sure to frame it as a value applicable to all parties. “No party should be hiring foreign agents to look at their opponents,” Graham told reporters this morning, “and we shouldn’t be taking meetings” with them, either. For Democrats setting their hair on fire over Donald Trump’s comments this morning, the Senate Judiciary chair advises, they should first remember that Hillary Clinton and the DNC did exactly that in 2016 too. “I’m hoping that some of my Democratic colleagues will take more seriously,” Graham argued, “that Christopher Steele was a foreign agent paid for by the Democratic Party to gather dirt on Trump.”

I’m guessing that Graham will have to remind them of this. Often:

Graham later extended his remarks on Twitter to make it clear that bad things happen when we invite foreign entities to clandestinely participate in our elections. Graham insisted that he has not changed his position at all on that question, and pointed back to his questioning of FBI director Christopher Wray on the matter during Wray’s confirmation hearing. Any campaign approached by a foreign entity with potential dirt should alert the FBI, especially given the heightened efforts to interfere with American elections:

Had both parties adhered to a domestic-only oppo-research policy, Graham argued, an American citizen wouldn’t have wound up being the target of a FISA surveillance warrant:

At his presser, CNN’s Manu Raju asked Graham if he’d push for a law to forbid engagement with foreign entities by campaigns. Graham laughs and says that he’s pretty sure one already exists, but “I’m willing to make it clear if we need to.” It looks like he’s doing just that.