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Australia Trump asked Scott Morrison for help investigating Mueller inquiry into Russian election interference

01:35  01 october  2019
01:35  01 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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US president wanted Australia to help gather information on the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election .

New York: US President Donald Trump urged Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a phone call to assist an investigation designed to discredit the Mueller probe into Russian election It is not clear whether Morrison agreed to Trump 's request. Trump announced in May that he had asked his

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US President Donald Trump asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison for help investigating the origins of the Mueller investigation into Russian election interference.

A Federal Government spokesperson confirmed the request, which is believed to have happened weeks ago after Mr Trump criticised Australia over the Mueller investigation.

"The Australian Government has always been ready to assist and cooperate with efforts that help shed further light on the matters under investigation," a Federal Government spokesperson told the ABC.

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The FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference in the US election began after Australian officials tipped off the bureau about Mr Trump colluding with Russia to release damaging “I don’t know anything at all about conversations Scott Morrison has had with Donald Trump ,” he said.

US President Donald Trump pressed Prime Minister Scott Morrison to help discredit the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election , according to a US report. The New York Times reports Mr Trump asked Mr Morrison to assist his Justice Department review the Russia

"The PM confirmed this readiness once again in conversation with the President."

Sources have told the ABC that Australia's ambassador to the United States, Joe Hockey, wrote to Mr Trump's chief of staff seeking an explanation after he heard the President's criticism of Australia.

Donald Trump reportedly asked Scott Morrison to help his Attorney-General William Barr. © AP: Susan Walsh Donald Trump reportedly asked Scott Morrison to help his Attorney-General William Barr. Shortly after that, the call between Mr Trump and Mr Morrison happened.

This occurred before the Prime Minister travelled to the United States, where he met with Mr Trump in Washington and Ohio.

A White House source confirmed that Mr Trump asked Mr Morrison to assist a Justice Department investigation being carried out by US Attorney-General William Barr.

Australia's former high commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer, helped trigger an initial FBI investigation into Mr Trump's links with Russia.

This morning Mr Downer said he knew nothing about the apparent phone call between the President and Prime Minister.

"I don't know anything at all about conversations that Scott Morrison has had with Donald Trump, I'm afraid these days [it] is not the sort of thing I'm privy to," Mr Downer told Radio National Breakfast.

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