US President Donald Trump wants Australia's role in sparkling the 2016 FBI survey of potential links between his election campaign and Russia, investigated by US Attorney General William Barr.
In a potentially explosive development for the historically solid American-Australian alliance, Mr. Trump publicly mentioned Australia, while talking about what he thought of the & # 39; Russia hoax & # 39; and & # 39; witch hunt & # 39; calls.
The move was denounced by some members of the US Congress who predicted that trust between the five countries that share intelligence services – the US, Australia, the UK, Canada and New Zealand – could be eroded.
President Donald Trump wants Australia's role in sparkling the 2016 FBI survey into possible links between his election campaign and Russia, investigated by US Attorney General William Barr
Australian High Commissioner of the United Kingdom Alexander Downer (photo) had met George Trump's assistant against George Papadopoulos in a London bar in 2016
Mr. Trump said he has potentially released millions of pages of intelligence documents related to surveillance activities for his campaign and that Mr. Barr & # 39; full and complete authority & # 39; has to investigate this.
& # 39; So what I did is that I released everything & # 39 ;, Trump told reporters in the White House on Friday before going on a trip to Japan.
& # 39; He can look and I hope he looks at the UK and I hope he looks at Australia and I hope he looks at Ukraine.
& # 39; I hope he looks at everything because there was a hoax that was committed in our country. & # 39;
US Special Counsel Bob Mueller & # 39; s report on the ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, pointed to a meeting in 2016 between the then Trump campaign, assistant George Papadopoulos and the Australian High Commissioner of the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer in a London bar as a trigger for the FBI to open its Trump Russia. probe.
The FBI probe led to Mr. Mueller being appointed as special counsel.
Mr. Papadopoulos claimed that Mr. Downer spied on him at the bar meeting, a claim that Mr. Downer rejected.
Downer said that Mr Papadopoulos had told him that Russia at the bar had harmful information about Mr Trump's presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.
Trump said he has potentially released millions of pages of intelligence documents related to surveillance activities on his campaign and that Mr. Barr & # 39; full and complete authority & # 39; has to investigate this
The information was forwarded to Canberra and then passed on to the US intelligence services and the FBI.
Mr Papadopoulos denies telling Mr Downer that Russia has received harmful information about Mrs Clinton.
Mr. Trump described the Russian probe on Friday as & # 39; an attempted coup or an attempt to remove the President of the United States & # 39 ;.
Mr Trump also said that he could ask the departing British Prime Minister Theresa May about & # 39; potential reflection of the Five Eyes & # 39; on his campaign.
& # 39; I can talk about that very well, yes, & # 39; said Mr. Trump.
& # 39; There is word and rumor that the FBI and others were involved, CIA was involved, with the UK, dealing with the Russian hoax, & # 39; said Trump.
Jim Himes, a Democrat member of the House Intelligence Committee, said that Mr. Trump damaged his alliances and exposed potential confidential sources for his own political purposes.
& # 39; What the UK and Australia and New Zealand see is that, to spread a political fantasy, the president can blow up our resources and methods, endanger our people, & # 39; Mr. Himes told CNN.
Mr. Trump described the Russian probe Friday as & # 39; an attempted coup or an attempt to remove the President of the United States & # 39;
& # 39; This is very dangerous for the United States. & # 39;
Mr. Papadopoulos was one of Mr. Mueller's first convictions, with the former assistant guilty of lying to the FBI. He was sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment.
Mr. Papadopoulos, Republican members of Congress and right-wing US media figures have urged the President to declassify the documents.
& # 39; It is the biggest deception, probably in our country's history, and someone has to bring it to a good end & # 39 ;, Trump said.
& # 39; We will see. But for a long period of time they wanted me to declassify and I did. & # 39;
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