Keith Richards inspired the name behind this Trump-Russia investigation

Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Dec. 27 2016

The mission was codenamed "Crossfire Hurricane" (a reference to The Rolling Stones), and it initially gravitated around Alexander Downer, the Australian diplomat who spoke to Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos and was treated to his drunken ramblings about Russian Federation having dirt on Hillary Clinton. The story is based on interviewes with a dozen current and former officials, many of whom spoke anonymously, as well as a review of documents.

Court documents unsealed late previous year showed that in April 2016 Mr Papadopoulos had met with Joseph Mifsud, a professor in London who he believed to have substantial connections in the Russian Government and who claimed to have "thousands of emails" that would hurt Mrs Clinton.

"I was born in a crossfire hurricane", sings Mick in the opening bars of the song "Jumpin' Jack Flash", and that same phrase - Crossfire Hurricane - was the name by which the investigation was known in its early days back in 2016.

In late October, in response to questions from The Times, law enforcement officials acknowledged the investigation but urged restraint.

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. In their book "Russian Roulette", authors Michael Isikoff and David Corn report that editors at the New York Times "cast the absence of a conclusion as the article's central theme rather than the fact of the investigation itself", contrary to the wishes of the reporters. The agency had calculated that Clinton would win the election, and any actions affecting Trump would add fuel to his claims that the election was rigged against him.

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 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. In its first year, the Mueller investigation has brought 75 criminal charges against 22 people and companies, along with 5 guilty pleas, CNN reports. "But whether that was a systemic effort, I've seen no evidence of it".



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