From there, the tight group of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents went forward in interviewing Trump associates, which was kept secret for fears of leaks that could sway the campaign.
The New York Times first revealed late previous year it was at a boozy night in May 2016, at London's Kensington Wine Rooms, that Trump's then foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos told Downer Russia had dirt on Mr Trump's political rival Hillary Clinton.
"At least one" USA government informant met with Trump campaign officials in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times reported Wednesday.
The paper had previously reported that in May 2016, Downer had a drink in London with Trump's then foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, who allegedly told Downer Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Levin referred to a report at the New York Times earlier that day which outlines the origins of the FBI's secretive probe into what it suspected were the Trump campaign's dealings with the Kremlin.
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'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.
It was a breach of diplomatic protocol - which came after "tense deliberations" between Washington and Canberra - that helped to lay the foundations for the special counsel investigation into allegations of collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, according to the New York Times.
Trump has often spoken against the investigation, calling it a "witch hunt" and even suggesting there will be legal action taken against Mueller and his team.
Papadopoulos became one of Mueller's first scalps, pleading guilty to lying to officials.
The FBI, in an attempt to prevent leaks, kept details about what would later evolve into special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation from Justice Department political appointees. The information obtained in those behind-closed-door meetings provide "the basis for the Russian Federation probe that is still ongoing". According to the story, what was then known as "Crossfire Hurricane" amongst the handful of agents involved, began months before election day.