Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Alexander Downer's secret meeting with Federal Bureau of Investigation led to Trump-Russia inquiry

Alexander Downer's secret meeting with Federal Bureau of Investigation led to Trump-Russia inquiry

Meanwhile, the FBI was in a more serious, deeper investigation of then-candidate Donald Trump and his associates.

Papadopoulos purportedly told Downer that Russian Federation had accessed thousands of embarrassing emails sent by Hillary Clinton.

A new report goes into detail with the FBI's investigation into Donald Trump's connections to Russian Federation months ahead of the 2016 election.

The reason for his delay is not known.

That person met "several times" with campaign national security advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, according to the report, which offered no additional information on the informant's identity or connection with USA authorities.

He has pleaded guilty to lying to officials, who he is now cooperating with. Each was scrutinised because of his obvious or suspected Russian ties.

In thousands of pages of interview transcripts with the participants of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting shed new light on how eager Donald Trump Jr. and senior members of the Trump campaign were to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton - and how frustrated and angry they were that the material did not come to fruition. Under the bylines of Eric Lichtblau and Steven Lee Myers, the story, headlined "Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I". Not only were they unsure of how consequential Downer's material was but they were also highly sensitive to the presidential campaign.

FBI probe into Trump and Russia was codenamed 'Crossfire Hurricane'
The FBI's Trump-Russia investigation had a secret codename based on a Rolling Stones song

Downer was granted permission from Canberra to break diplomatic protocol to be interviewed by agents in London in August 2016.

The investigation was closed days later with no wrongdoing found. "So we've got nothing further to add to that". "It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40".

In retrospect, some Department of Justice figures reportedly said that the investigation could have been more open and scrutinized Trump more aggressively before the election, despite the precautions of the investigators.

Others, including the lawyer he was texting, had advocated for a slower pace, especially because polls predicted Trump's defeat.

"I was born in a crossfire hurricane", sings Mick in the opening bars of the song "Jumpin' Jack Flash", and that same phrase - Crossfire Hurricane - was the name by which the investigation was known in its early days back in 2016.

Rachel Olding is a Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age based in the United States.

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