I’ve often wondered what it felt like to live through Watergate.
What did the president know?
And when did he know it?
Events have been rushing toward one seemingly inevitable conclusion.
The disorientation, the confusion,
the feeling that you don’t know the truth
but with each and every day that goes by,
knowing the truth is worse than you would possibly imagined.
I think I know what it feels like now.
We are filling in a picture slowly,
that unfortunately makes a lot of sense.
回想5月 特朗普总统开除联邦调查局局长 詹姆斯•科米时
Think back to May when President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey,
why did he do that?
Why did he put his whole administration at risk?
Well, he had an answer.
It wasn’t White House’s initial answer but he had an answer.
When I decided to just do it, I said to myself.
I said, ”You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia
is a made-up story.
It’s an excuse by the democrats for having lost the election that they should have won.”
But now it’s clear that story wasn’t made up.
And what’s worse and what might explain Trump’s decision to fire Comey
to obstruct justice, to risk his presidency,
is that investigation threatens the people he loves most in the world.
Here’s what we learned this week.
On June 3rd, 2016, Donald Trump Jr. got an email.
It is from a British publicist Rob Goldstone,
who is writing on behalf of a Russian business man,
Aras Agalarov and his son Emin.
Both of these folks have worked with Donald Trump Senior
on the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.
And they worked with him on other endeavors.
叶明 醒醒好吗 你怎么了？
Emin, wake up, come on, what’s wrong with you?
In the email which Donald Trump Jr. released on Twitter,
in order to get in front of the New York Times releasing it.
Goldstone says a few interesting facts.
First, he writes to the Aras,
the older Agalarov met with somebody calls Russia’s Crown prosecutor.
That’s a term that in other countries describes a lawyer
who argues on behalf of the state.
Now, Crown prosecutor, it doesn’t exist in Russia.
But, just to be clear,
the sourses later is described as a Russian government attorney.
And what this person has is a pretty big deal.
They have, quoted, “official documents and information
that would incriminate Hillary Clinton”.
And they want to meet with Trump Jr. and the campaign to hand them over.
The most interesting part of the email though,
the one that leaves no shadow of doubt about what was happening.
Here is the last sentence.
This whole thing, the meeting with the lawyer about the incriminating documents,
is quote, “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump”.
Donald Jr. is told the meeting is part of
the Russian government’s effort to sway the American election to his dad.
And how does he respond?
Does he go to the FBI? Does he ignore the email?
No. Minutes later he replies,
“If it’s what you say, I love it.”
And he forwards the whole email thread to
the then campaigners Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner.
They all go to this meeting with the Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.
So what does this tell us? What do we learn here?
第一 小唐纳德•特朗普 贾里德•库什纳和保罗•马纳福特
First, we learned that Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort,
they all knew the Russian government wanted to elect Trump.
其次 它告诉我们 这三人
Next, it tells us all three of these men,
they weren’t just open to working with the Russian government
against Clinton’s campaign.
They were actively trying to do it.
They were taking meetings at a busy time in the campaign, all three of them.
They were taking meetings to try to work with the Russian government.
That has not been a story until now.
Are there any ties between Mr Trump, you or your campaign
and Putin and his regime?
没有 没有任何联系 太荒谬了
No. There are not. It’s absurd.
And you know there is no base to it.
Is anybody involved with Trump?
And anybody involved with Russia in the 2016 campaign?
Just button up one question.
Did any adviser or anybody in the Trump campaign
have any contact with the Russians
who are trying to to meddle in the election?
No, of course not.
Now Donald Trump says the Russian lawyer ended up
having “no meaningful information” for them.
So his defense is basically
he tried to collude with the Russian government to influence American election.
But, ah, the Russian lawyer just didn’t have the goods.
The first, that might not matter in the court of law.
The law says, soliciting,
accepting, or receiving.
he maybe never received it, he violated the law.
But also remember,
Russia did end up hacking democratic emails,
and releasing them in ways and at times that helped the Trump campaign.
We know about this meeting now
which doesn’t seem to have been about these emails.
But we don’t know if there are other meetings,
if it is cooperation on other questions.
All we really know now, is the Trump campaign was open to it,
they were actively working towards colluding with Russia to influence the election.
We also know that when they were told Russia was trying to help them,
they didn’t react with surprise, or shock, or fear.
They said: “Yeah. Let’s take that meeting.”
It’s always worth asking how people involved in clear wrongdoing.
might have seemed like the hero of the story to themselves.
Trump and his family,
they bought in most fevered conspiracies about Clinton.
She is arguably the most corrupt politician that we’ve ever seen in this country.
Right? I mean there is no question about it.
If Hillary Clinton were elected,
she’d be the first president who couldn’t pass a basic background check.
She is a world-class liar.
And they likely believe there is information
crucial to American interests lurking in her documents.
If they’d obtained the emails,
or anything else in proving Clinton dangerously unfit to lead,
or reveal that foreign powers had more information or more leverage
over American policy making than we knew,
they would have done the country a great service,
or at least it is easy to believe how they would see it in that way.
What they were actually doing is working with a foreign government
to influence the American election.
And that’s crossing a very serious line.
Behind all this, I wonder sometimes,
how hard is Vladimir Putin laughing at us right now.
One theory of Russia’s involvement in the election is
they never expected to elect Trump,
They just wanted to sow doubt in the American institutions and in its leaders.
看 多轻松啊 看 多疯狂啊 他们成功了
Look how easily, look how wildly, they succeeded.