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川普总统称通俄门调查正在失去信誉
Trump: Russia Probe 'Rapidly Losing Credibility'

[2018年5月8日] 来源:美国之音(VOA News) 编辑:给力英语新闻网   字号 [] [] []  

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday the investigation into links between his 2016 campaign and Russia is "rapidly losing credibility."

In four Twitter comments, Trump belittled special counsel Robert Mueller's year-long criminal investigation into Moscow's meddling in the election and whether he obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probe a year ago when he fired FBI director James Comey, who was leading the investigation before Mueller was named to take it over.


In another tweet, he complained, "What a total mess. Our Country has to get back to Business!"

Trump noted the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee "found No Collusion, Coordination or anything else with Russia.

Trump was alluding to a court hearing Friday in Mueller's case against Paul Manafort, who for several months was Trump's campaign manager in the run-up to the election.


Manafort has been charged with bank and tax fraud in connection with his lobbying efforts in Ukraine that predates Trump's run for the presidency, but Judge T.S. Ellis III in Virginia questioned whether Mueller had the authority to bring the case against Manafort.

"I don't see what relation this indictment has with what the special counsel is authorized to investigate," Ellis told prosecutors. "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud. ... What you really care about is what information Mr. Manafort could give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment."

Ellis later said: "The vernacular is to 'sing,' is what prosecutors use. What you got to be careful of is they may not only sing, they may compose."

But Ellis did not rule on Manafort's bid to dismiss one of the indictments against him.


Trump has occasionally complained about the Democratic ties of Mueller's group of lawyers, although Justice Department rules forbid considering political affiliations in naming prosecutors. The Mueller lawyers include numerous attorneys with a breadth of experience in prosecuting white-collar corruption cases.

Trump, in his tweets, has ignored that Mueller was appointed to head the investigation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, another Republican, although the president has also often targeted Rosenstein with acerbic comments.

The Washington Post said it found that 13 of 17 of Mueller's lawyers have previously registered to vote as Democrats. Nine of the 17 have made political contributions to Democrats, including six to Trump's 2016 opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump's latest complaints about the Mueller probe come as his lawyers negotiate with Mueller's team over whether the president will answer prosecutors' questions and under what terms.


Mueller has threatened to subpoena Trump to testify under oath before a grand jury, but a new Trump lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, claimed Sunday that Trump can ignore a subpoena and might invoke his constitutional right against self-incrimination if he is forced to answer questions.

The question of whether the president can be forced to testify could ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

美国总统川普星期一(5月7日)在推特上发文表示,特别检察官对2016年竞选的通俄门调查“正在迅速丧失信誉”。


川普总统发出4篇推文说,“这场无中生有的猎巫行动是不是还要花更长时间,以便对中期选举造成错误影响吗?这是民主党人一直打算的吧?”川普接着说,“共和党人最好变得坚强和聪明起来,否则就太晚啦!”


川普指出,众议院情报委员会的相关调查“没有发现与俄罗斯的共谋、协调或其他任何关联,所以现在(穆勒)的调查就说,那好吧,那查查别的还有什么?要不要提出因这个虚假罪名干预司法?不能这样做,这就叫反击。”

美国总统川普在俄亥俄州克利夫兰召开的一个有关减税的论坛会议上。(2018年5月5日)
美国总统川普在俄亥俄州克利夫兰召开的一个有关减税的论坛会议上。(2018年5月5日)

川普总统发出这些推文之前,以民主党人为主的穆勒团队对曾任川普竞选经理的马纳福特提出的诉讼在维吉尼亚受到埃利斯法官质疑,法官认为被委任调查通俄门指控的穆勒没有权限以税务欺诈起诉马纳福特。


埃利斯对检察官说:“我不认为这个起诉书与特别检察官得到授权的调查有什么关系。”他说,“你并不真正关心马纳福特先生的银行欺诈行为......你真正关心的是他能给你的信息,这些信息…..或可导致对川普的起诉或者弹劾。”


根据华盛顿邮报的报道,穆勒律师团队的17人中有13人登记为民主党人,有9人向民主党提供政治捐款,其中6人向川普总统在2016年竞选时的对手、民主党人希拉里·克林顿捐款。


穆勒威胁要传唤川普在大陪审团面前宣誓作证,但是刚刚成为川普律师的前纽约市长朱利安尼星期天宣称,川普可能援引他的宪法权利而不必被迫作证。


总统是否可以被迫作证最终要由美国最高法院决定。

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