(Update below the original article.)
Two new bombshells were dropped today as Donald Trump’s troubles seemed to have gone from bad to worse. One bombshell was that Trump pressed Australia to dig up dirt on his political rival. This time, it was Robert Mueller and the “origins” of the probe he conducted on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
According to Reuters:
President Donald Trump urged Australia’s prime minister during a recent phone call to help the U.S. attorney general in an investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing two U.S. officials with knowledge of the call.
The White House restricted access to the call’s transcript to a small group of presidential aides, one of the officials said, according to the Times. It was an unusual decision that is similar to the handling of a July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that is at the heart of a House of Representatives impeachment inquiry into Trump, the paper said.
Also, it was revealed Monday that Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo was “among the administration officials” that listened in on the now infamous “Ukrainian call.”
Add to all that, Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was subpoenaed by that very same impeachment inquiry. Pompeo was subpoenaed for Documents on Friday.
Indeed, it was not a good day for the administration.
Interestingly, the newly revealed Australian call seems to have much in common with the Ukrainian one. Both have Trump pressuring foreign leaders to dig up dirt on his political opponents. Then there is the secrecy, similar to the secrecy around the Ukrainian call.
It will be interesting if the House’s impeachment inquiry will look into this call as well in their pursuit of truth and justice in this matter.
The only rebuttal on the Australian call is that Trump didn’t “press” as their headline reads, but “asked.” This, according to MSNBC on the air during Monday’s MTP Daily.
UPDATE 10-1-19: Apparently, other countries are involved in the President’s chase for finding evidence to support popular conspiracy theory narratives among his core base. All of which have been debunked. The list at least includes Italy, and it is possible we may find out more countries were approached in Trump’s quest to find dirt on enemies and soothe his massive ego in regards to the 2016 election.
Vanity Fair reports:
And Barr’s international quest to soothe Trump’s ego reportedly goes beyond Australia. ABC News reported Monday that Barr has also asked Trump to introduce him to leaders from Italy and other countries as part of the DOJ’s probe, and the Washington Post reports that Barr “has held private meetings overseas with foreign intelligence officials” to ask for their help with the investigation, including in the United Kingdom. (The Italian involvement may be connected to Professor Joseph Mifsud, who informed Papadopoulos about the Russian dirt and whom conspiracy theories believe was a “Western plant” who was “weaponized” by American intelligence agencies.)
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