US President has been contacting foreign officials and introducing them to his Attorney General William Barr and a member of the Justice Department. The duo is said to be investigating the origins of the Russia probe which concluded earlier this year.
According to a report in Reuters, the US government has not issued names of the countries contacted by the president. Yet, an Australian government spokesperson had been quoted regarding a phone call made by President Trump to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison seeking his help in the investigation.
The Australian prime minister had in September met the US President during his visit to the United States.
A report in the Washington Post also quoted the Attorney General contacting British Intelligence officials as well as Italian officials seeking help in his investigations. Spokesperson Kerri Kupec said, ” At the request of the Attorney General, the president has contacted foreign officials to introduce him with appropriate officials.”
US President Trump is already facing an impeachment inquiry from the House of Representatives. The president has been accused of using his office to pressure foreign countries in getting involved in the US election process. Currently, the conversation between President Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky is being investigated by the US congress.
The Russia investigation had marred his presidency and in the final report did not find conclusive evidence of collusion against the president but did have a long case for the obstruction of justice charges.
According to a report in the BBC, the conversation between the US government and the Australian government was to find evidence which could discredit and derail the impeachment inquiry against the US President.
This call has created a frenzy in Australia and the United States as the democrats in the US can use this against President Trump while questions will be asked by the opposition in Australia about the nature of the call.
(Inputs from agencies)