Published: Wed, October 02, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Australian PM confirms Trump request to help investigate origins of Mueller inquiry

Australian PM confirms Trump request to help investigate origins of Mueller inquiry

Trump held a state dinner for Prime Minister Scott Morrison on September 20 and two days later met with him again in Wapakoneta when the two world leaders toured Pratt Industries, an Australian-owned company. A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did a spokesperson for the Australian prime minister. Downer then passed the information along to the FBI, prompting an investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to the Kremlin. In the now-infamous call summary with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, for example, the rough transcript showed Trump telling his foreign counterpart that Barr would be in touch with him as part of the White House's political plans.

The Post said Barr had made overtures to British intelligence officials and last week traveled to Italy, where he and John Durham, the United States attorney in CT who in reviewing USA intelligence work surrounding the 2016 election, met senior Italian government officials and Barr asked the Italians to assist Durham.

The call and whistleblower complaint it sparked led House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into the president.

That initial information was relayed to the U.S.by the Australian government in 2016 after Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos told an Australian official that the Russians had obtained Hillary Clinton's emails.

24 - Trump says he hopes Barr will investigate Australia's role in sparking the 2016 FBI investigation into his campaign's Russian Federation connections.

Some foreign affairs analysts have said that Donald Trump's request for help from Australia to clear his name over possible election interference was "completely inappropriate".

His investigation aims to find out why Trump and his affiliates were investigated in the first place, if no evidence of collusion existed.

Just last week, according to the Post, Barr traveled to Italy to urge that country's intelligence officials to assist the inquiry into the Mueller probe. There is no evidence to support this, but the conspiracy has been advanced by some of the president's allies in congress, by some Fox News commentators, and in frequent tweets by Mr. Papadopoulos.

© Provided by Fox News Network LLC The president was letting the heads of other countries know that the attorney general would be contacting the appropriate law enforcement entities in each country, according to the DOJ official.

The inquiry infuriated Mr Trump and he relentlessly criticised it as a "witch hunt".

Democrats have accused Barr of "going rogue" as recently as last week, with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi accusing him of being part of a "coverup of a coverup" in relation to the controversial Ukraine phone call.

The subpoena was expected, as Democrats had earlier said they wanted to question Mr Giuliani, a central figure in the saga.

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