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Trump asked Australian leader to help look into Mueller probe's origins: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE pressed the Australian prime minister to assist Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMajority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case Justice Department renews investigation into George Floyd's death: report MORE obtain information about the Russia probe's origins in a recent phone call, The New York Times reported on Monday. 

The White House has limited access to the transcript of the call between the two world leaders to a small group of presidential aids, sources told the Times.

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Echoing another call Trump had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which sparked an impeachment inquiry in the House last week, the conversation with Prime Minister Scott Morrison reportedly involves the president pressuring a foreign leader to look into domestic political matters. 

According to the Times, the president sought out Morrison's help upon request from Barr.
 
Australian officials told the FBI that the Russian government and Trump campaign had been in communication about releasing information about Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE, which provoked an FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 
 
The Australian government passed along the tip once George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE – Trump's campaign foreign policy adviser – told an Australian official about Russia having access to damaging information on Clinton and "thousands" of her emails.
 
Trump is requesting Australia examine their tips to the FBI to see if they were sent for partisan or corrupt reasons, the Times reported. 

This conversation occurred weeks following the controversial call with Zelensky, according to the Times.
 
An Australian government spokesperson told The Hill that the government is always "ready to assist and cooperate with efforts that help shed further light on the matters under investigation."
 
"The PM confirmed this readiness once again in conversation with the President," the spokesperson said in a statement.
 
The Hill has reached out to the White House and the Department of Justice for comment. 
 
Updated: 5:44 p.m.