Former Mayo MP Alexander Downer has been revealed by The New York Times as a key player in prompting the FBI’s Donald Trump-Russia investigation.
The New York Times claims Mr Downer was drawn into the American election scandal during a boozy night out with a junior foreign policy advisor for the Trump campaign.
The pair were drinking together in London in May 2016, when junior advisor George Papadopoulous revealed that Russia had political dirt on Trump’s Presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.
When Clinton emails began to be leaked two months later, Australian officials allegedly made contact with their American counterparts to share the intel Mr Downer had about Mr Papadopoulous.
The information is what reportedly prompted America’s Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to launch an official investigation into any links between Russia and the 2016 United States election.
Mr Downer, who is currently Australia’s High Commissioner to the UK, is now making headlines across the world for his involvement.
Mr Downer was the sitting Member for Mayo between 1984 and 2008, when he was succeeded by fellow Liberal politician Jamie Briggs.
According to his Twitter account, Mr Downer was spending time on the Fleurieu Peninsula the day before the international news broke.