Trump aide's drunken night kicked off Russian Federation investigation

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According to the report, "Exactly how much Mr. Papadopoulos said that night at the Kensington Wine Rooms with the Australian, Alexander Downer, is unclear". Two months later, when the stolen emails appeared on the Internet, the Australian officials passed the information provided by Papadopoulos to the United States colleagues, which served as a driver of the investigation' launch by the FBI into Moscow's alleged interference in the United States presidential election.

A former USA official with knowledge of the intelligence collected during the campaign told CBS News the information provided by Australia way key to US investigators in realizing Russian Federation might be attempting to interfere significantly in the USA presidential election.

Foreign policy analysts, legal experts, and reporters flooded social media with takeaways from the Times report on Saturday.

"It was not, as Mr Trump and other politicians have alleged, a dossier compiled by a former British spy hired by a rival campaign".

Mueller is investigating whether there was any coordination between Trump's campaign team and the Russian government as part of the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Times reported earlier this year that the FBI's investigation was also sparked by a trip that Page made to Moscow in July 2016, while he was still with the Trump campaign. While the documents obtained by the Times "show no evidence that Mr. Papadopoulos discussed the stolen messages with the campaign", the paper points out that it was mere weeks before "he opened up to Mr".

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When the news of his confession broke, it was initially overshadowed by news of Paul Manafort, the one-time chairman of Donald Trump's campaign, being charged with money laundering and conspiracy against the US.

Mr Trump probably won't appreciate Mr Downer's intervention, but the Australian has earned himself some admirers in the US. The Australian government chose to share the information with US investigators after emails stolen from Democrats began to be released by WikiLeaks. He joins another former advisor, Michael Flynn, who has also pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about communications he had with Russian Federation. He is now cooperating with the Mueller investigation.

Mr Papadopoulos was arrested on July 27 a year ago and signed his plea deal on October 5.

In a report declassified in January, some USA intelligence officials claimed that Russian Federation directed cyberattacks to help Trump win the 2016 election.

"And we all need to let Mr. Mueller do his job".

But Turnbull said he was not at all anxious his relationship with Donald Trump had been damaged.