美国司法部长驳斥关于通俄门调查说谎的指控

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年11月15日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

美国司法部长塞申斯抵达众议院司法委员会听证会会场(2017年11月14日)
美国司法部长塞申斯抵达众议院司法委员会听证会会场(2017年11月14日)

美国司法部长塞申斯星期二驳斥了他对美国国会议员说谎的指控。他先前作证时表示,他不知道川普竞选团队去年与俄罗斯的接洽。

塞申斯先前告诉众议院司法委员会说,他不记得2016年与川普竞选团队助手乔治·帕帕多普洛斯(George Papadopoulos)的一场会议。直到最近有新闻报导指出塞申斯主持了那场会议,而帕帕多普洛在会中谈及他与自称可以安排川普和俄罗斯总统普京会面的人的联系。

塞申斯说:“我全部的证词里,我只能竭尽所能据我所知以及所记得的来回答你们所有的问题。”“但是我不接受并拒绝有关我在宣誓作证下撒谎的指控。那是个谎言。”

塞申斯10月中旬曾在国会委员会作证。新闻报导指出,帕帕多普洛斯已经在10月初承认对联邦调查局就川普阵营和俄罗斯的联系撒谎,也正配合特别检察官罗伯特·穆勒有关俄罗斯干涉美国大选的调查。

检察官们在法院纪录里表示,2016年三月份,也就是总统大选前大约七个月左右的一场会议里,帕帕多普洛斯告诉塞申斯、川普和其他人他可以安排川普和普京见面。塞申斯说,他“反对了” 帕帕多普洛斯的主意,川普与普京也从未在竞选期间会面。

塞申斯在1月份举行的司法部长批准听证会上说,他不知道川普竞选团队和俄罗斯的通联,但是他后来承认他在美国大选期间与俄罗斯驻美大使谢尔盖·基斯利亚克(Sergei Kislyak)会面。基斯利亚克是“通俄门”调查的重点人物之一。

塞申斯说他不记得与帕帕多普洛斯开会,也不记得与川普的另一名助手,企图与俄罗斯联系的卡尔特·佩吉(Carter Page)接触,因为川普竞选班子一团混乱。

塞申斯说:“在很多方面来说,那是一个非常棒的团队。”“但是从第一天开始,就是一团混乱。我们总是到处跑,有时候一天就到好多个地方。没能怎么睡觉。”

Sessions Rejects Accusations He Lied About Not Knowing of Trump Campaign Links to Russia

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday rejected accusations that he had lied to lawmakers when he previously testified he knew of no contacts Donald Trump's election campaign had last year with Russian operatives.

Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee he had no recollection of a 2016 meeting with Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who discussed his contacts with people who said they could arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, until recent news reports showed he had chaired the meeting.

"In all of my testimony, I can only do my best to answer all of your questions as I understand them and to the best of my memory," Sessions said. "But I will not accept and reject accusations that I have ever lied under oath. That is a lie."

Since his last appearance before a congressional panel in mid-October, news surfaced that Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty in early October to lying to federal agents investigating Trump campaign links to Russia and is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's criminal investigation.

Prosecutors said in court records that at a March 2016 meeting, about seven months before the presidential election, Papadopoulos told Sessions, Trump and others that he had connections that could arrange the Trump-Putin meeting. Sessions said he "pushed back" against Papadopoulos's idea and the Trump-Putin meeting never occurred in the midst of the campaign.

At his January confirmation hearing to become attorney general, the top U.S. law enforcement position, Sessions said he was unaware of communications between the campaign and Russia, but later acknowledged he himself had met then Russia's then-ambassador to Washington, Sergei Kislyak.

Sessions attributed his failure to remember the Papadopoulos meeting, as well as a contact with Carter Page, another Trump aide who was making overtures to Russia, to the chaos of the Trump campaign.

"It was a brilliant campaign in many ways," Sessions said. "But it was a form of chaos every day from day one. We traveled all the time, sometimes to several places in one day. Sleep was in short supply."