September 19, 2021

Trump asked Australian leader to help look into Mueller probe’s origins: report | TheHill

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By Justine Coleman – 09/30/19 04:31 PM EDT

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash calls McCarthy incompetent, dishonest after ’60 Minutes’ interview GOP lawmaker blasts Trump for quoting pastor warning of civil war over impeachment ’60 Minutes’ correspondent presses McCarthy on impeachment inquiry MORE pressed the Australian prime minister to assist Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrPoll: Majority of Americans approve of Trump impeachment inquiry Ex-Trump Homeland Security adviser rips Giuliani, calls claim Ukraine hacked DNC a ‘conspiracy theory’ Ex-Ukrainian prime minister says Joe Biden’s son must be investigated MORE obtain information about the Russia probe’s origins in a recent phone call, The New York Times reported on Monday. 

The White House has limited access to the transcript of the call between the two world leaders to a small group of presidential aids, sources told the Times.

Echoing another call Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which sparked an impeachment inquiry in the House last week, the conversation with Prime Minister Scott Morrison reportedly involves the president pressuring a foreign leader to look into domestic political matters. 

According to the Times, the president sought out Morrison’s help upon request from Barr.

Trump is requesting Australia examine their tips to the FBI to see if they were sent for partisan or corrupt reasons, the Times reported. 

This conversation occurred weeks following the controversial call with Zelensky, according to the Times.

The Hill has reached out to the White House, the Australian Embassy and the Department of Justice. 

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