“The Australian Government will use its best endeavors”

Further to the earlier story on Australian providing assistance to PDT we now have this: Letter From Australian Official Emerges That Casts Doubt On Report From New York Times. Just by being from the New York Times is enough to cast doubt on the report. But this is the detail. It’s a letter from Joe Hockey. See how much reluctance there was in attempting to fulfil this request. It’s dated May 28, 2019.

Dear Attorney General,

I refer to President Trump’s announcement on 24 May that you will investigate the origins of the Federal Bureau of Investigations probe into Russian links to the 2016 US election.

I note that the President referred to Australia, the United Kingdom and the Ukraine as potential stakeholders. Moreover, I note that he has declassified intelligence material to support your investigation.

The Australian Government will use its best endeavors to support your efforts in this matter. While Australia’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, The Hon. Alexander Downer, is no longer employed by the government, we stand ready to provide you with all the relevant information to support your inquiries.

The Acting White House Chief of Staff, The Honorable Michael Mulvaney, has been copied on this letter.

Yours sincerely,

The Hon Joe Hockey

Follows from this:

In May, Trump said of Barr: “And I hope he looks at the U.K., and I hope he looks at Australia, and I hope he looks at Ukraine. I hope he looks at everything because there was a hoax that was perpetrated on our country.”

It’s not just good to know who your friends are, but also good that your friends know you really are their friends.

And there’s much more here. Insane, but par for the course on the left.

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33 Responses to “The Australian Government will use its best endeavors”

  1. stackja

    Dems and their world wide left allies hate DT.

  2. FelixKruell

    See how much reluctance there was in attempting to fulfil this request.

    So in this pretty stock standard diplomatic letter you see nefarious reluctance. But in Trumps completely unprecedented call with the Ukraine, you see a ‘perfect call’, nothing to see here?

  3. Dems and their world wide left allies hate DT.

    They hate the west and everything it represents. Donald Trump is just a symbol they can use to further their destruction of the west and not reveal their hand to their ignorant followers.

  4. jupes

    The Australian msm analysis of this is extremely shallow. Rather than look into exactly what Australia’s High Commissioner was doing inviting a junior adviser of a presidential candidate to drinks in London, they go to the NYT for their points.

    The West Australian headline for this morning’s double page spread is “Russian Roulette”. I can’t be bothered fisking the whole stupid article but it ends with:

    (Mueller’s findings) were inconclusive as to whether President Trump was part of an alleged deal with Russia to help him win the presidential race.

    Hopeless.

  5. jupes

    The Australian Government will use its best endeavors to support your efforts in this matter.

    Will they shop Downer to the Seppos or protect him?

    A rhetorical question of course.

  6. mem

    I seem to recall that a certain Australian Labor Party sent a stack of lefty ratbags over to the USA to help the Democrats “win” the the election. And if I recall correctly it used other people’s money to do so.

  7. mem

    US ELECTION INTERFERENCE – CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION URGED
    Tim Blair, The Daily Telegraph
    March 2, 2018 1:57pm
    Readers may recall Ben Kremer, the Australian whose US election interference with a delegation of ALP comrades led to a $14,500 fine for Labor:

    The United States Federal Election Commission fined the ALP the amount following an investigation into the behaviour of Labor party delegates volunteering with Bernie Sanders’s unsuccessful 2016 Democratic primaries campaign …

    A complaint was filed with the FEC after a former Australian National University Labor Club president, Ben Kremer, made headlines in the US and Australia in February 2016. Kremer was identified on tape by an undercover conservative campaign group while attempting to vandalise then Republican candidate Donald Trump’s election signs.

    The US Federal Election Commission has now released further details of its investigation, including the fact that costs for the Australian Sanders fans were covered by “an education program ultimately funded by the Australian government”:

    The FEC writes that by paying the youths’ transportation costs and stipends, the [Labor] party made an illegal contribution to a U.S. political campaign and the Sanders campaign broke the law by accepting paid services by the Australians.

    The Sanders campaign and the ALP each agreed to pay a fine of $14,500, and “without admitting liability,” agreed not to further contest the commission’s finding that the campaign accepted, and the ALP made, a $24,422 “prohibited in-kind foreign contribution …”

    The findings say that the Australians “engaged in hands-on activity typical of volunteers while placed with the committee, including encouraging voter attendance at campaign events, recruiting volunteers, canvassing with volunteers and planning events. These activities indicate that the delegates provided campaign services to the committee.”

    Your taxes at work, people. Republican former New Hampshire House speaker William O’Brien, who filed the FEC complaint, believes matters should go further:

    O’Brien told WMUR in an interview Tuesday that he is dissatisfied with the conciliation agreements and intends to ask the U.S. Justice Department in Washington and the U.S. Attorney in New Hampshire to begin a criminal investigation.

    “I’m disappointed that it’s not comprehensive,” he said. “It doesn’t go into the Australian government funding. And I’m disappointed that it doesn’t go with greater specificity into the actual things that they were doing. I’m disappointed that they didn’t go to what was the effect on the campaign.”

    “It’s basically the Australian government using the conduit of a socialist party to assist the socialist candidate in the United States,” O’Brien said …

    And this is described as an “education program”. It should be shut down. Meanwhile, Son of Bernie is running for Congress, presumably without any assistance from Australian taxpayers.

  8. Tim Neilson

    FelixKruell
    #3173007, posted on October 2, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Just to recap the timeline.

    1. Trump and his advisers, including Giuliani, were looking for dirt on Biden – nothing illegal there.

    2. Giuliani asked the Ukrainians to reopen the investigation into Hunter Biden. Nothing illegal there. There’s no evidence that he asked them to provide anything to Trump’s campaign. (And even if he did, for very sound statutory interpretation reasons that shouldn’t be a breach of the campaign finance laws.)

    3. President Trump asked the Ukrainians (in accordance with a treaty initiated by Bill Clinton) to help investigate possible corruption. Nothing illegal there.

    4. The media found out about 3. and went UKWAINE!!! UKWAINE!!! UKWAINE!!!

    5. Felix cracked a rampaging hardon.

    6. Trump released the transcript of the call which showed that the only request he made of Ukraine was to co-operate with the Attorney – General, i.e. with the US government, not his campaign, which couldn’t possibly be illegal (even if, contrary to common sense statutory interpretation, information was covered by the relevant provision of the campaign finance laws).

    7. The transcript showed that Trump said that Giuliani would call the Ukrainians. That in itself isn’t any sort of wrongdoing. It makes perfect sense that Giuliani would inform the Ukrainians of what the Trump campaign knew about the matter, in order to help the Ukrainians with their enquiry – that also isn’t illegal. There’s no evidence at all of any wrongdoing in that. The fact that Trump’s request was expressly only for co-operation with the government, not his campaign, is strong evidence that there was no wrongdoing (even if, contrary to common sense statutory interpretation, information was covered by the relevant provision of the campaign finance laws).

    8. Felix, desperate to sustain his failing erection, insists that “Trump didn’t say A, but if he did say A that would have been wrongdoing, so therefore there should be a massive investigation into Trump’s failure to say A”.

  9. FelixKruell

    Tim:

    Are you posting on the right thread?

  10. stackja

    Like a moth to the flame, FK arrives.

  11. stackja

    Bruce Wolpe is a Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the United States Studies Centre.
    Bruce Wolpe was on the Democratic staff in Congress in President Obama’s first term. He is a supporter of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
    Bruce Wolpe served as a Senior Adviser to Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia from 2012-13, and is Chief of Staff to the former prime minister.

  12. Tim Neilson

    Are you posting on the right thread?

    Yes, I think so.

    But in Trumps completely unprecedented call with the Ukraine, you see a ‘perfect call’, nothing to see here?

  13. Mother Lode

    (Mueller’s findings) were inconclusive as to whether President Trump was part of an alleged deal with Russia to help him win the presidential race.

    Send a letter to the editor asking when he stopped beating his wife.

  14. Wussia! Wussia! Wussia!
    Ukwayne! Ukwayne! Ukwayne!
    Fucknuckle!
    Ha ha ha!

    sorry…

  15. Tim Neilson
    #3173082, posted on October 2, 2019 at 11:07 am

    FelixKruell
    #3173007, posted on October 2, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Felix is an obtuse fuckwit.
    The other week on another thread related to this, I said Bill Barr and Durham were investigating the origins of the muh Russia hoax.
    Felix asked for evidence of my claim (apparently he’d been living under a rock. No surprise, most snakes live under rocks)
    So I linked to an article about the Barr Durham investigation but the moron didn’t like the fact that the article was written recently.

    I spent more than 10 years trying to have a civil debate/discussion with climate alarmists. They all behave exactly like this moron Felix. They ignore facts, they ignore evidence and when cornered either change the goal posts or run away only to resurface another day pretending the previous discussion didn’t happen.

    Don’t waste you time with that moron Tim. I won’t be unless and until he admits that Barr has been investigating the origins of the muh Russia hoax for a while now.

  16. Behind Enemy Lines

    jupes
    #3173012, posted on October 2, 2019 at 9:50 am
    The Australian msm analysis of this is extremely shallow. Rather than look into exactly what Australia’s High Commissioner was doing inviting a junior adviser of a presidential candidate to drinks in London, they go to the NYT for their points.

    By way of example, Jupes, I’m beginning to think Cameron Stewart (The Australian) is going to the DNC for his talking points on Trump et al. The only way someone can be so consistently wrong is to want to be wrong. Otherwise he’d occasionally be correct, if only by accident.

  17. max

    Donald J. Trump tweet:

    Congratulations to President Xi and the Chinese people on the 70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China!

    Trump fighting a trade war with China, he nonetheless congratulates Xi on the anniversary.

  18. Iampeter

    And there’s much more here. Insane, but par for the course on the left.

    Another thread from a nationalist confused about which side of politics he is on.

  19. Iampeter

    Felix is an obtuse fuckwit.

    Agree with him or not, no honest reader is going to agree with that assessment.
    You, on the other hand…

    So I linked to an article about the Barr Durham investigation but the moron didn’t like the fact that the article was written recently.

    Pretty sure he was pointing out it’s conveneint for them to bring up the investigation AFTER the foolishly released notes of the conversation corroborated the whistle blower.
    Why didn’t they just lead with that and not release any notes?
    Also, no investigation requires the President to open a diplomatic back channel, using his private lawyer. On a random phone call for all to hear no less. He’s not even good at being corrupt.
    Also, that’s just the tip of the iceberg re this issue and all it’s implications.

    I spent more than 10 years trying to have a civil debate/discussion with climate alarmists.

    And yet you behave like the most unhinged, triggered, melting snowflake leftie example possible. Like many posters here.
    Also, the most telling remark in this is “10 years.” Conservatives had no problem and didn’t even know this was an issue when the Howard government was implementing this mess and giving environmentalists the keys to the kingdom.
    This whole issue didn’t even exist for you ignoramuses until 2008 did it?

    You can’t fight climate alarmism until you renounce it’s biggest advocates in politics, the conservatives.

  20. FelixKruell

    Baa:

    I spent more than 10 years trying to have a civil debate/discussion with climate alarmists.

    Somehow I doubt that. Stick to the arguments. The ad hominem attacks are juvenile, and unnecessary. And definitely not civil.

  21. FelixKruell

    Tim:

    Yes, I think so.

    Then explain why you think this stock standard letter is an issue, but Trumps unprecedented call (and it is definitely that, whether you think he’s broken any laws or not) isn’t.

  22. FelixKruell
    #3168181, posted on September 26, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Baa:

    Unlike FK’s claim, the Trump DOJ is…is is is investigating the origins of the Russia hoax Barr and Durham).

    And your evidence of this is…

    After I posted a link to a news article about the Trump DOJ investigating the origins of the Russia hoax, FK comes back with this…

    FelixKruell
    #3168754, posted on September 27, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Baa:

    How convenient.

    Any evidence of that investigation reported BEFORE this became a crucial issue thanks to that call?

    In today’s thread, I accused him of this ignorance/obtuseness, yet he didn’t respond to that charge at all.
    This is what they do, every time.

    Then of course he’s soul mate (The Fuckwit Twins) jumps in telling me what FK was trying to say and that he (IAmFuckwit) was pretty sure about it.

    Yes I am quite rude. However I am not a dishonest prick like you two fuckwits.

    Bill Barr has been investigating the origins of the Russia Hoax ever since he got the job. HE SAID HE WOULD at his congressional hearing.
    If people like FK aren’t even aware of a basic fact like that, then they haven’t been following this story closely enough. Yet here they are opining with gusto and confidence. Dishonest pricks.
    Frigging pixel wasters.

  23. Tim Neilson

    Then explain why you think this stock standard letter is an issue,

    Where did I say that I did?

  24. FelixKruell

    Tim:

    Where did I say that I did?

    You either are saying that, or you agree with what I said in my comment. In which case I’m wondering why you were responding to my comment.

  25. FelixKruell

    Baa:

    In today’s thread, I accused him of this ignorance/obtuseness, yet he didn’t respond to that charge at all.

    I don’t really bother responding to baseless accusations by rude people…keep it civil or go away.

  26. FelixKruell
    #3173561, posted on October 2, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Not enough courage to say “oh hey, I didn’t realise the investigation had been going on for some time”
    “You’re rude, go away”

    LOL

  27. Iampeter

    Not enough courage to say “oh hey, I didn’t realise the investigation had been going on for some time”
    “You’re rude, go away”

    I’m not sure why you keep bringing this up when it’s been thoroughly addressed. Nothing Trump did on that call has anything to do with any investigations.

    Yes I am quite rude. However I am not a dishonest prick like you two fuckwits.

    Yes you are. You are rude AND a dishonest fuckwit. You would not be arguing any of this nonsense if this was Obama or Hillary in the hot seat. Plus your arguments are lies and you know it. Trying to suggest this nonsense is all just part of an ongoing investigation…

    You have no principles and no honesty.

  28. Tim Neilson

    You either are saying that, or you agree with what I said in my comment. In which case I’m wondering why you were responding to my comment.

    Logic fail again.

    I have been pointing out the stupidity of your obsession with Trump’s call to the Ukraine, as evidenced by that part of your first post that I quoted: But in Trumps completely unprecedented call with the Ukraine, you see a ‘perfect call’, nothing to see here?

    I haven’t commented at all about the letter.

  29. FelixKruell

    Tim:

    But in Trumps completely unprecedented call with the Ukraine, you see a ‘perfect call’, nothing to see here?

    I haven’t commented at all about the letter.

    You missed the importance of the ‘but’ in that sentence. And you didn’t actually address the rest of the sentence either. Read it carefully…

  30. Tim Neilson

    You missed the importance of the ‘but’ in that sentence.

    No I didn’t. It’s just that it was irrelevant to what I chose to comment on.

    And you didn’t actually address the rest of the sentence either.

    No, because I’m not obliged to and I chose not to.

    Poor old Felix. You don’t get to dictate what other commenters choose to comment on or refrain from commenting on. So sad.

  31. FelixKruell

    Tim:

    No, because I’m not obliged to and I chose not to.

    So you chose to respond to my comment by not responding to it in any way. Great work!

  32. Tim Neilson

    So you chose to respond to my comment by not responding to it in any way. Great work!

    Not responding to all of it. Only the egregiously ludicrous part.

  33. Tim Neilson

    Poor old logic fail Felix. Can’t even avoid contradicting himself in successive comments.

    Desperately sad.

    And you didn’t actually address the rest of the sentence either.

    So you chose to respond to my comment by not responding to it in any way. Great work!

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