Australia confirms Trump call, 'readiness' to help with Mueller probe

Australia has been dragged into the rapidly escalating impeachment battle against Donald Trump after reports emerged the president pushed Scott Morrison in a telephone call to help US Attorney General William Barr with a probe into the origins of the Mueller Russia inquiry..

The explosive revelation – confirmed by Mr Morrison's office on Tuesday – comes less than a week after the White House released a transcript of a call in which the President urged his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a potential 2020 US presidential rival.

Federal Labor has demanded Mr Morrison do more than just release a brief statement and "give straight answers'' to exactly how he promised to assist Mr Trump.

Mr Trump is questioning how information relayed to Australia's then High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer, which was then passed on to US authorities during the 2016 US election campaign, fuelled the Russia probe.

"President Donald Trump was asking for his assistance in discrediting the Mueller investigation. This is a very serious issue,'' Labor leader Anthony Albanese said.

"The Prime Minister needs to explain to the Australian people exactly what happened here, exactly what his role has been, what took place in terms of this phone call so that it's made clear that the Australian Prime Minister is not involved in what is essentially a domestic issue in the United States."

A spokesman for Mr Morrison confirmed the approach from Mr Trump, which happened in the lead-up to Mr Morrison's September 20 White House dinner.


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