US President Donald Trump has urged Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a telephone conversation to help with the investigation by Special Investigator Robert Mueller, according to a media report. An Australian government spokesman confirmed on Tuesday a corresponding phone call between the two politicians. Morrison has agreed to help with investigations.
Trump wants to weaken the credibility of the Mueller investigation
Previously, the New York Times had reported on the phone call. Trump Morrison then asked US Attorney General Bill Barr to help investigate the Mueller report. According to NYT Trump hopes for information that weaken the credibility of the Mueller investigation.
The New York Times further reported that the transcript of the conversation with Morrison was then stored in a secure system, as in Trump's controversial conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj, in order to keep the conversation as secret as possible.
Mueller had been investigating for two years whether there had been collusion between the Trump camp and Russian officials in the presumed Russian influence on the 2016 US presidential election, and whether Trump, as US president, had later obstructed justice investigations. At the end of March, Mueller submitted his report, but leaves open whether Trump was guilty of obstructing justice. But Mueller also made it clear that Trump was not completely relieved after the investigations. The US president saw himself as relieved.