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World Australia PM says Trump call on Mueller probe was 'uneventful'

10:05  02 october  2019
10:05  02 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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DONALD Trump pressed the Australian PM for help in gathering information to discredit the The New York Times reports two sources who say Mr Trump asked Mr Morrison to help Attorney The US President is currently facing calls for his impeachment over claims he sought Ukraine's help to smear

US President Donald Trump called Australian PM Scott Morrison and asked for his help with an investigation into the origins of the Mueller inquiry, Australian officials have confirmed. Mr Morrison was asked to help find evidence to discredit the inquiry, according to US and Australian media.

SYDNEY, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Australia's prime minister said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had asked for a point of contact to assist with a U.S. inquiry into the origins of the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

President Donald Trump, right, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison take the stage as they mark the opening of an Australian-owned Pratt Industries plant, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Wapakoneta, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) © AP Photo/John Minchillo President Donald Trump, right, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison take the stage as they mark the opening of an Australian-owned Pratt Industries plant, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Wapakoneta, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

In an interview with Sky News, Scott Morrison described the call with Trump last month as a fairly uneventful conversation that was polite and brief. The call, which came shortly before a state visit by Morrison to the White House last month, was revealed on Tuesday.

"The president contacted me and asked for a point of contact between the Australian government and the U.S. Attorney, which I was happy to do on the basis that it was something we had already committed to do," Morrison said in his first comments on the call.

"So it was a fairly uneventful conversation."

(Reporting by John Mair)

Graham sends letter asking countries to cooperate with Barr probe into Russia investigation .
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is urging three foreign governments to cooperate with the Justice Department probe into the origins of the Russia investigation. Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter on Wednesday to the governments of Italy, Australia and the United Kingdom defending outreach from Attorney General Bill Barr as part of the investigation. "That the attorney general is holding meetings with your countries to aid in the Justice Department's investigation of what happened is well within the bounds of his normal activities. He is simply doing his job," Graham wrote in the letter.

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