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The Morrison government confirming that they were open to discredit Alexander Downer to save Donald Trump is exactly as it sounds.
According to the same whistleblower that illuminated Donald Trump’s elbowing of Ukranian president has dragged us into a rather questionable poo soup indeed. Apparently, Trump reached out to Scott Morrison to help track down the origin of the Mueller inquiry, in order to discredit whatever it found.
The source of the inquiry was our own Alexander Downer, former Liberal Party Minister of Foreign Affairs, who helped trigger the FBI investigation into Trump’s purported links to Russia.
Apparently, it’s all copasetic, as the White House said that Trump was trying to facilitate access for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to the Australian Government.
“The Democrats clearly don’t want the truth to come out anymore as it might hurt them politically, but this call relates to a DOJ inquiry publicly announced months ago to uncover exactly what happened,” he said in a statement.
“The DOJ simply requested that the President provide introductions to facilitate that ongoing inquiry, and he did so, that’s all.”
The New York Times believed that Trump leaning on our government was “another instance of the president using American diplomacy for potential personal gain”, however the same holds for Morrison, who could be seen (to use his parlance) to help out a mate. Very simply, Donald Trump is asking us to supply information on one of our own citizens for the benefit of a foreign power, and according to the documentation, we were willing to do so.
“The Australian Government has always been ready to assist and cooperate with efforts that help shed further light on the matters under investigation,” a Federal Government spokesperson told the ABC.
The question, of course, is whether Morrison acted on the request.
However, it’s worth noting that Morrison’s trip to meet Trump indicated a strong relationship, as he was received as anything but an ally scorned.