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12 January 2018, 05:47 | Regina Holmes
If any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation existed, it would have leaked long ago, US Representative Ron DeSantis told Fox News. "Instead, it was first-hand information from one of America's closest intelligence allies".
There is NO WAY Papadopoulos didn't tell the Trump campaign that the Russians were in possession of Hillary's emails.
Papadopoulos, a Chicago-based worldwide energy lawyer, pleaded guilty on October 30 to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about contacts with people who claimed to have ties to top Russian officials.
According to the New York Times report, when Clinton campaign emails began appearing online through Wikileakstwo months later, Australian officials told United States authorities about the London encounter.
"(Downer) gives this story of Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation a new level of credibility that will be problematic for the White House", saidMichael Green, senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The Age reported that Downer had conveyed the conversation to Australian officials via official cable, but apparently not immediately.
The Australian government is reportedly displeased that Alexander Downer has been outed as a source of information crucial to the Trump-Russia investigation.
The Times said Papadopoulos shared this information with Mr Downer, but it was unclear whether he also shared it with anyone in the Trump campaign.
The Times reported that the meeting between the Australian high commisisoner and the Trump aide was arranged through Israeli connections. The American public has promised mass protests if the president dismisses Mueller before the probe concludes, and continues to closely follow the story-which this week NPR readers selected as the top political story of 2017. In an effort to discredit the Russian Federation investigation, Republican commentators have been pushing the notion that the FBI began its inquiry on the basis of the now-infamous "Steele Dossier", the document put together by ex-British spy Christopher Steele, which alleged that Russian Federation interfered in the election and had possible "kompromat" on President Trump. He is now cooperating with the Mueller investigation. Either Mr Mueller got what he wanted, or there was nothing to get. The special counsel was able to corner Mr Papadopoulos at least in part thanks to Australia's intervention.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he isn't anxious a recent report involving Alexander Downer may damage his relationship with US President Donald Trump.
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