From the very moment that Donald Trump assumed the role of President, he has been under attack.
In all honesty, his targeting began as soon as he secured the 2016 nomination from the Republican Party, but was expected. Trump represented an outside force that would likely upturn the apple cart of the status quo, making the severe opposition he faced all the more routine.
Even still, he was forced to face the brunt of the Mueller investigation – a massive undertaking that was designed for the sole purpose of undermining his presidency. Now, as he looks to unearth the origins of this ruse, he is again being met with opposition.
President Donald Trump sought help from the Australian prime minister to investigate the origins of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
A Department of Justice spokesperson Monday evening confirmed the conversation, which an administration official described to NBC News as a routine call that occurs when a head of state seeks the assistance of another country’s law enforcement agencies. It was “asking his law enforcement to work with ours,” the official said.
The call to Scott Morrison, the Australian leader, came recently after Attorney General William Barr in May asked John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to lead an inquiry into whether the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign was properly predicated. The Justice Department spokesperson said Barr asked Trump to make the call to seek Australia’s help.
“As the Department of Justice has previously announced, a team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham is investigating the origins of the U.S. counterintelligence probe of the Trump 2016 presidential campaign,” spokesperson Keri Kupec said in a statement. “Mr. Durham is gathering information from numerous sources, including a number of foreign countries. At Attorney General Barr’s request, the President has contacted other countries to ask them to introduce the Attorney General and Mr. Durham to appropriate officials.”
This will undoubtedly become a new talking point for the Democratic party, as they attempt to pin any and every possible infraction they can on the President.