The Times previously reported that a young foreign policy aide on the Trump campaign, George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosWe must get to the bottom of Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 election Intelligence report defends Trump, draws attacks from Dems Schiff on Intel report: GOP "chose not to seriously investigate" collusion MORE, revealed he knew of hacked Democratic Party emails to Australian Ambassador Alexander Downer over late night drinks in London.
On Thursday the New York Times reported that within hours of the FBI opening its investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation in the summer of 2016, it had flown two agents to London to meet Downer for a highly secretive interview, after Australian officials cleared the meeting.
'Within hours of opening an investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation in the summer of 2016, the FBI dispatched a pair of agents to London on a mission so secretive that all but a handful of officials were kept in the dark, ' the newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The meetings had not previously been reported authoritatively by a major outlet.
He said he was not anxious that the revelation may damage his relationship with Trump because Australia's relationship with the U.S. was "in excellent shape". "Their report helped provide the foundation for a case that, a year ago Thursday, became the special counsel investigation".
Mr Trump has repeatedly slammed the probe as a witch hunt. And at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said.
He is co-operating with Mr Mueller's investigation.
"The name, a reference to the Rolling Stones lyric 'I was born in a crossfire hurricane, ' was an apt prediction of a political storm that continues to tear shingles off the bureau".
Crossfire Hurricane began in August 2016, exactly 100 days before the November 8, 2016 presidential election won by Mr Trump and a month after the real estate mogul became the official Republican nominee.