Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Keith Richards inspired the name behind this Trump-Russia investigation

Keith Richards inspired the name behind this Trump-Russia investigation

"At least one" US government informant met with Trump campaign officials in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Alexander Downer, who was previously Australia's longest-serving foreign minister, had a boozy discussion with a key Donald Trump confidante, George Papadopoulos, in May 2016.

The revelation the Australian government broke with diplomatic protocol and allowed Mr Downer to be interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, during Democrat Barack Obama's final months as USA president, could damage Australia's relations with the man now in the White House.

According to a previous Times article, it was Mr Downer who held his booze better - extracting an admission from Mr Papadopoulos that Russian Federation was shopping dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to her political rivals.

Levin referred to a report at the New York Times earlier that day which outlines the origins of the FBI's secretive probe into what it suspected were the Trump campaign's dealings with the Kremlin.

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He said he was not anxious that the revelation may damage his relationship with Trump because Australia's relationship with the USA was "in excellent shape". "Days after they closed their investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, agents began scrutinizing the campaign of her Republican rival", writes the Times.

'Their assignment, which has not been previously reported, was to meet the Australian ambassador, who had evidence that one of Donald J. Trump's advisers knew in advance about Russian election meddling. "Their report helped provide the foundation for a case that, a year ago Thursday, became the special counsel investigation".

Trump has repeatedly slammed the probe as a witch hunt. For those reading, well acquainted with the Stones" back-catalogue, would've picked up on the fact that "Crossfire Hurricane" is indeed a reference to the 1969 classic "Jumpin' Jack Flash'.

He has pleaded guilty to lying to officials, who he is now cooperating with. According to the story, what was then known as "Crossfire Hurricane" amongst the handful of agents involved, began months before election day.

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