Mueller reveals how the Russia-Trump investigation all began – over a glass of wine

It was a throwaway boast over several glasses of vino at the trendy Kensington Wine Rooms in London that set off a chain of events that led to the Mueller report.

A Trump campaign adviser telling an Australian diplomat that Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton – information that was dutifully fed back to Canberra, and then, eventually, to Washington – culminating in the official investigation.

A senior Australia official has confirmed the chain of events between then high commissioner to the UK, Alexander Downer, and disgraced Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos, following Freedom of Information requests by BuzzFeed News.

The meeting between the pair was first reported in 2017 but Australia refused to confirm its role for reasons of national security – that is until the Mueller report was finally released.

Australian diplomat Alexander Downer

Australian diplomat Alexander Downer

Disgraced Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos

Disgraced Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos

A senior Australia official has confirmed the chain of events between then high commissioner to the UK, Alexander Downer, and disgraced Trump adviser, George Papadopoulos. A boast from Papadopoulos to Downer was reported back to Canberra, and the eventually, to the U.S.

Australia has now confirmed that in May 2016, Downer arranged drinks with Papadopoulos at the swanky tapas bar in a leafy corner of south-west London - where diners can enjoy conversations over a $235 bottle of Médoc Bordeaux (Kensington Wine Rooms in London)

Australia has now confirmed that in May 2016, Downer arranged drinks with Papadopoulos at the swanky tapas bar in a leafy corner of south-west London - where diners can enjoy conversations over a $235 bottle of Médoc Bordeaux (Kensington Wine Rooms in London)

Australia has now confirmed that in May 2016, Downer arranged drinks with Papadopoulos at the swanky tapas bar in a leafy corner of south-west London – where diners can enjoy conversations over a $235 bottle of Médoc Bordeaux (Kensington Wine Rooms in London)

In May 2016, Downer arranged drinks with Papadopoulos at the swanky tapas bar in a leafy corner of south-west London – where diners can embolden conversation over a $235 bottle of Médoc Bordeaux, just a stones throw from Kensington Palace. 

Papadopoulos bragged that Russia had information on Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton – information that would impact her campaign and boost that of his employer’s. 

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When Wikileaks began publishing Clinton’s emails on its site some months later, Australian officials contacted Washington to tell them about the meeting, which led to investigators taking the first steps toward opening an official investigation.

Following a protracted campaign for information about the meeting that was so central to the investigation, Australian officials said that it would now ‘reassess its position’ in relation to the information request, ‘in light of the recent conclusion… into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.’ 

‘Notably, in light of the conclusion of that investigation, the Department is now ready to confirm that a meeting occurred between Mr. Downer and Mr. Papdopolous [sic], on 10 May 2016, whilst Mr. Downer was High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.’

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When Wikileaks began publishing Clinton’s emails on its site some months later, Australian officials contacted Washington to tell them about the meeting, which led to investigators taking the first steps toward opening an official investigation

The official said Downer’s cable had been heavily redacted because the full document could ‘reasonably be expected’ to damage Australia’s relationship with the US.

Trump adviser Papadopoulos spent 12 days in jail after he admitted lying to the FBI in October 2017 about his contacts with a British professor, Joseph Mifsud, who claimed to have disparaging information on Clinton. 

Despite the revelations, the provenance of the ‘golden showers dossier’ – aka the Steele dossier’ – that caused great embarrassment to the Trump administration has remained secret.

The Steele dossier, which was written by former British spy Christopher Steele and paid for by Fusion GPS – research firm that also did work for the Democratic National Committee, offered unverified allegations Trump was vulnerable to blackmail from Russia and had engaged with ‘golden showers’ with prostitutes during a 2013 trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant. 

Trump and his allies have long claimed that FBI surveillance of Page was a done through a tainted FISA warrant that relied on the Steele dossier. 

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