The New York Times said top Australian officials broke diplomatic protocol to allow the agents to question the country's then-high commissioner to the United Kingdom previous year, with the results - summarised and sent to Washington on August 2 - laying the foundations for what was then known by its code name, Crossfire Hurricane, and is now special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.
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"Days after they closed their investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, agents began scrutinizing the campaign of her Republican rival", writes the Times.
"After tense deliberations between Washington and Canberra, top Australian officials broke with diplomatic protocol and allowed the ambassador, Alexander Downer, to sit for an Federal Bureau of Investigation interview to describe his meeting with the campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos".
For those reading, well acquainted with the Stones" back-catalogue, would've picked up on the fact that "Crossfire Hurricane" is indeed a reference to the 1969 classic "Jumpin' Jack Flash'.
Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is now a cooperating witness in the special investigation.
The investigation was transferred to the office of special counsel Robert Mueller after Trump sacked Comey.
Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote in the presidential election only to lose the electoral college count, this year used a series of media interviews with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to accuse the Trump campaign of colluding with Russian Federation to discredit her in key swing states with false news stories on Facebook.