After tense deliberations between Washington and Canberra, top Australian officials broke with diplomatic protocol and allowed the ambassador, Alexander Downer, to sit for an F.B.I. interview to describe his meeting with the campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos.
That person met "several times" with campaign national security advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, according to the report, which offered no additional information on the informant's identity or connection with USA authorities. In the early, pre-election days of the investigation, it was known by an internal code name, Crossfire Hurricane, a phrase you might recall from the Rolling Stones' 1969 classic "Jumpin' Jack Flash". He had learned the information while preparing a report for a company gathering information for Trump opponents.
The investigation was nicknamed "Crossfire Hurricane". Federal Bureau of Investigation agents went to Europe to meet with Steele in October.
A bombshell report from the New York Times revealed this week that the FBI's investigation into Trump-Russia collusion was codenamed "Crossfire Hurricane" before the probe was publicly disclosed to the American people. The Times also says its headline, "Investigating Donald Trump, FBI Sees No Clear Link to Russian Federation", gave "an air of finality to an investigation that was just beginning".
In late October, in response to questions from The Times, law enforcement officials acknowledged the investigation but urged restraint.
PMJT calls for investigation after London doctor shot in Gaza
Germany, Belgium and Ireland and several UN Security Council members have also called for an investigation into Monday's carnage. We are engaging with Israeli officials to get to the bottom of these events", he continued.
At the beginning of the investigation, the FBI kept it unusually close to the vest, fearing leaks. The agency had calculated that Clinton would win the election, and any actions affecting Trump would add fuel to his claims that the election was rigged against him. In fact, according to The New York Times, only about five Justice officials knew what the whole case entailed - a far lower number than the 12 or so who would typically be read in on a case related to national security.
Papadopoulos became one of Mueller's first scalps, pleading guilty to lying to officials.
To date, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted four of Trump's campaign advisers - George Papadopolous, Rick Gates, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn - as well as a California man named Richard Pinedo on charges of false statements, conspiring against the US, identity fraud and money laundering.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told the Times he saw no evidence of political motivation in the opening of the investigation and no evidence that the FBI wanted to undermine Trump.