Report: Trump Asked UK Prime Minister To Help Discredit Mueller Investigation
Two days after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson took office — and just one day after President Donald Trump’s infamous phone call with Ukraine’s president — Trump called Johnson with a request that alarmed UK officials.
According to CNN’s international diplomatic editor Nic Robertson, UK intelligence officials were shocked when Trump asked Johnson for help discrediting former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
When members of the UK Parliament began asking questions about the phone call, a spokesman for Johnson said the prime minister would not comment on private conversations with Trump but insisted that neither Johnson nor any other officials would “collude” with the U.S. in the manner reported.
“Both the White House and Downing Street published brief notes on that conversation,” Robertson reported, but he noted that “neither made any mention of the investigation that Trump is demanding.”
Just days after the president spoke with Johnson, Attorney General William Barr traveled to London for a meeting on intelligence cooperation and moving forward on Trump’s desired investigation.
In the U.S., the investigation into the origins of the Russia probe has become a criminal investigation, Robertson noted.
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