In a recent phone call with the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, U.S. president Donald Trump reportedly asked for help with investigating the origins of the Mueller investigation, according to a report by the New York Times.
The phone call, which happened during Trump’s visit to Australia last week, was confirmed to have taken place by the U.S. government, as reported by ABC Australia, and was also confirmed by the Australian government. The transcript for the call is yet to be released, though there are those in the Australian opposition party calling for it to be released.
The call itself was reported to have been about Trump asking for Australia to cooperate with attorney general William Barr in discovering the origins of the Mueller investigation, something that Trump and Republicans have focused on when the Mueller investigation is brought up.
In a statement about the call, a spokesman for the Australian government said “The Australian Government has always been ready to assist and cooperate with efforts that help shed further light on the matters under investigation. The PM confirmed this readiness once again in conversation with the President.”
The U.S. government also released a statement about the call, this time from press secretary Hogan Gidley, saying “This call relates to a DOJ inquiry publicly announced months ago to uncover exactly what happened. The DOJ simply requested that the President provide introductions to facilitate that ongoing inquiry, and he did so, that’s all.”
It has also been reported by the Washington Post that Barr has been asking intelligence officials across the world to help uncover the origins of the investigation into Trump’s alleged association with Russia. Barr has also enlisted the help of John Durham, an attorney for the state of Connecticut, who was appointed by Barr to review the origins of the Russia investigation and to find out if collecting information on Trump during the campaign was “lawful and appropriate.”
The call is being used as another reason to impeach Trump and, after House speaker Nancy Pelosi officially announced an impeachment inquiry, the Democrats want as much evidence they can to present their case both to their colleagues and the American public.