Donald Trump on defensive over new Russia claims
The US president defended his ties to Moscow following new accusations about a cosy relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
The Washington Post on Saturday said that Mr Trump had gone to “extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations” with the Russian president, particularly after a meeting at the 2017 G20 summit in Hamburg, in which he reportedly took possession of his interpreter’s notes.
Earlier, the New York Times reported that US law enforcement officials had opened an inquiry into whether Mr Trump was covertly working for Russia following his 2017 firing of James Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
早些时候《纽约时报》(New York Times)报道称，特朗普在2017年炒掉联邦调查局(FBI)前局长詹姆斯•科米(James Comey)后，美国执法官员曾就特朗普是否在暗中为俄罗斯效力展开调查。
The twin revelations have deepened Mr Trump’s political woes over his connections to Russia just as Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor charged with investigating his campaign’s alleged “collusion” with Moscow, is nearing the end of his investigation. Concerns about Mr Trump’s Russia ties — which he has described as a “witch hunt” and a “hoax” — have dogged the US president since he arrived at the White House two years ago.
Mr Trump responded to the allegations with a flurry of angry tweets over the weekend lashing out at Mr Comey, the New York Times and Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent in 2016.
In an interview with Fox News late on Saturday, Mr Trump added that it was “insulting” to allege that he had ever worked for Russia and he was “not keeping anything under wraps”. Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, meanwhile, told CBS News that the notion of Mr Trump being a threat to US national security was “ludicrous” and “silly on its face”.
特朗普在上周六晚间接受福克斯新闻(Fox News)采访时补充说，声称他曾经为俄罗斯效力是“侮辱性的”，而且他“没有隐瞒任何事情”。与此同时，国务卿迈克•蓬佩奥(Mike Pompeo)告诉哥伦比亚广播公司新闻部(CBS News)，有关特朗普对美国国家安全构成威胁的说法是“荒谬”和“愚蠢至极的”。
The allegations have raised the stakes ahead of confirmation hearings due to begin in the US Senate this week for William Barr, Mr Trump’s pick for attorney-general, who was tapped following last year’s resignation of Jeff Sessions. Democrats are likely to grill Mr Barr on whether he would guarantee the integrity of Mr Mueller’s probe.
在美国参议院本周开始举行特朗普的司法部长人选威廉•巴尔(William Barr)的确认听证会的情况下，上述最新指控使这一职位更加事关重大。巴尔是在去年杰夫•塞申斯(Jeff Sessions)辞职后获得任命的。民主党人很可能会追问巴尔：他会不会保证穆勒调查的完整性？
“The number one question on everyone’s mind: will Bob Mueller be allowed to complete this investigation without political interference from the attorney-general or president and will the results of it be made public so America can see for itself exactly what happened?,” Democratic senator Dick Durbin told NBC News.
“每个人心中的头号问题是：鲍勃•穆勒是否可以在不受司法部长或总统的政治干预的情况下完成这项调查，并将调查结果公之于众，以便美国能够确切地看到发生了什么？”民主党参议员迪克•德宾(Dick Durbin)对全国广播公司新闻部(NBC News)表示。