Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison has taken a swipe at the UN, and the Russia probe escalates as Alexander Downer rejects Republican claims he was "directed" to contact the Trump election campaign. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.
Crikey readers discuss Scott Morrison's White House adventures.
The Australian government has offered its full support to Donald Trump's investigation of the FBI's Russia probe. The fact that the investigation is bullshit doesn't seem to matter.
The conservative, Queen-loving Alexander Downer will forever be remembered, in the US at least, as the Australian who kicked off the Mueller investigation. That's got to sting a bit.
The former foreign minister, now ex-pat, has found a gig close to his heart.
The issue has been dormant for a few months, but expect the Liberals to go after industry super again if they're returned to government.
The far-right show must go on, the Oz finally finds what they're looking for, and is there trouble at the Victorian State Revenue Office?
The government is desperate to hide its prosecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery. But who will benefit from a cover-up?
As Alexander Downer blames voters for the troubles of the Liberal Party (including the failure to elect his daughter in the Mayo byelection), he should think about looking a little closer to home.