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October 23, 2019
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Donald Trump asked Australia to help investigate Mueller probe

WASHINGTON DC, USA: President Donald Trump called on the Australian prime minister and other foreign leaders to help discredit the origins of the Mueller inquiry. The news comes as Democrats subpoenaed Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

US President Donald Trump recently asked the Australian prime minister and other foreign leaders to provide Attorney General William Barr with information to help discredit the inquiry by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The request to Prime Minister Scott Morrison was made during a recent telephone call with Trump. A transcript of the telephone conversation was restricted to just a small group of aides, echoing the tight restrictions surrounding Trump’s July telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

The Australian government confirmed early on Tuesday that a conversation between Trump and Morrison had taken place.

“The Australian government has always been ready to assist and cooperate with efforts that help shed further light on the matters under investigation,” a government spokesperson said.

An official from the US Justice Department said the call with Morrison was one of several the president had made for the attorney general as part of the investigation into the origins of the original FBI probe into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential race.

Trump has often referred to the Mueller inquiry as “a political witch hunt.”

“Our inquiry includes an investigation of credible allegations that you acted as an agent of the president in a scheme to advance his personal political interests by abusing the power of the office of the president,” the committee chairmen said in a letter to Giuliani on Monday.