[Ed. – I think there’s less here than meets the eye. Mr. Downer was Australia’s foreign minister at the time (2006), and signed a formal MOU with the Clinton Foundation in his role as a public official. Beyond that, there doesn’t seem to be a history of special connection with the Clintons. That said, Downer’s history does include being on the board of a Chinese mining investment company and being a partner in a political consulting firm, Bespoke Approach. So you never know.]
The Australian diplomat whose tip in 2016 prompted the Russia-Trump investigation previously arranged one of the largest foreign donations to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charitable efforts, documents show.
Former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer’s role in securing $25 million in aid from his country to help the Clinton Foundation fight AIDS is chronicled in decade-old government memos archived on the Australian foreign ministry’s website.
Downer and former President Clinton jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding in February 2006 that spread out the grant money over four years for a project to provide screening and drug treatment to AIDS patients in Asia.