NME Festival blog: The Rolling Stones inspired the FBI code name for Trump-Russia investigation

by Tom Skinner
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Uh oh – the president’s already pissed off Keith once this week…

The name of the investigation into President Trump’s alleged ties with Russia was inspired by The Rolling Stones‘ track ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’.

During the pre-election stages of the investigation, it was known as ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ – a lyric lifted from Mick and co’s 1969 classic.

Now, The New York Times has confirmed that the code name was in fact a direct reference to the track.

“[The lyric] was an apt prediction of a political storm that continues to tear shingles off the bureau,” says the publication’s recent piece, ‘The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation’.

An accompanying post also states that Keith Richards is to thank for the words. “In his book Keith Richards: The Biography, [Author Victor] Bockris wrote that Mr. Richards was born amid the bombing and air raid sirens of Dartford, England, in 1943 at the height of World War II. ‘I was born with those sirens,’ he said.”

Now run by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, the investigation is no longer known by the Stones-inspired name.

In more Keith and Donald news, it was reported earlier today (May 16) that the legendary guitarist once ‘stuck a knife in a table’ in order to ‘get rid of’ Trump as the promoter of one of their shows.

“He [Trump] was the promoter for us in Atlantic City,” Richards said. “[It was billed as] ‘Donald Trump presents The Rolling Stones’ [with the band’s name written in miniature].”

Richards added: “I got out my trusty blade, stuck it in the table and said: ‘You have to get rid of this man!’”

“Now America has to get rid of him. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!”

Meanwhile, The Rolling Stones’ UK tour kicks off May 22 at London Stadium. Visit here for tickets and more details.

Ahead of the dates, Mick Jagger recently revealed that he was working on new material for the band.


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