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Reports: Trump Sought Australian PM's Help With Mueller Investigation

The president reportedly asked Australia's PM for help with an investigation of the FBI and CIA's actions in 2016.
Posted at 9:20 PM, Sep 30, 2019

The New York Times reports President Donald Trump sought the help of the Australian prime minister in discrediting the Mueller report.

The records of the phone call with the Australian leader were reportedly restricted to a small group of aides. Unnamed officials told the Times that's unusual, and the newspaper points out that the White House took similar action around President Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president.

In addition to the Times report on the president, the Washington Post reports that U.S. Attorney General William Barr has been seeking similar cooperation from officials in the U.K. and Italy.

According to the Post, Barr traveled to Italy last week with U.S. Attorney John Durham — the man essentially investigating the Mueller investigation — to ask Italian officials to help Durham's investigation. Barr reportedly met with British Intelligence officials previously.

The Justice Department has confirmed that Barr asked the president to reach out to foreign officials — such as the Australian prime minister — for help with the investigation.