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Scott Morrison confirms Donald 's controversial phone call asking him to discredit probe into Russian meddling in 2016 US election Australia has confirmed Donald called Scott Morrison to ask for help White House reportedly restricted access to the call's transcript to a small group  was requesting help for investigation into the origins of Mueller probe   Alexander Downer played significant role in sparking initial FBI investigation

By Australian Associated Press

Published: 01:50 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 02:17 BST, 1 October 2019

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Australia has confirmed Donald called Scott Morrison to ask for help in the US Attorney General's investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

An Australian government spokesman confirmed the conversation took place.

'The Australian government has always been ready to assist and co-operate with efforts that help shed further light on the matters under investigation,' the spokesman told AAP on Tuesday.

Australia has confirmed Donald Trump called Scott Morrison to ask for help in the US Attorney General's investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe

Australia has confirmed Donald called Scott Morrison to ask for help in the US Attorney General's investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe

'The PM confirmed this readiness once again in conversation with the president.'

The New York Times reports the White House restricted access to the call's transcript to a small group of presidential aides, according to one of two US officials with knowledge of the call.

was requesting help for a Justice Department investigation into the origins of Mr Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The president repeatedly labelled the investigation a 'witch hunt'.

Australia's high commissioner to the UK in 2016, Alexander Downer, played a significant role in sparking the initial FBI investigation in the campaign and Russia.

'I don't know anything at all about conversations Scott Morrison has had with Donald . These days it's not the sort of thing I'm privy to,' he told ABC Radio National.

Trump was requesting help for a Justice Department investigation into the origins of Mr Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election

was requesting help for a Justice Department investigation into the origins of Mr Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election

Mr Downer met with George Papadopoulos, a campaign adviser who told him about damaging Russian information about rival .

'I had a conversation with this guy and I passed on one element of the conversation to the Americans. There's just nothing more to it,' Mr

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