美国安全高官将就窃听指控的真伪提供证词

编辑:给力英语新闻 更新:2017年3月20日 作者:美国之音(VOA News)

两位美国高官将在公开听证会上作证,谈川普总统所言奥巴马曾在去年大选投票前几个星期窃听他的竞选总部是否真实。

如果确实有窃听行为,那么美国联邦调查局局长科米和国家安全局局长、海军上将罗杰斯大概会知道。他们星期一将参加众议院情报委员会听证会,回答议员的问题。

最近两星期来,尽管众议院议长瑞安和国会两院情报委员会的两党顶级议员都说没有证据支持川普3月4日推文中的窃听之说,但川普坚持他的指控,不肯后退。

美国众议院情报委员会主席、共和党众议员努涅斯星期日告诉福克斯新闻,议员们星期五从司法部得到的关于窃听可能性的信息,没有改变他的结论。

他说:“存在对于川普大楼的物理窃听吗?不存在,从来就不存在。我们星期五获得的信息继续朝那个方向指引我们。”

罗杰斯和科米都不曾公开谈论川普总统的指控。不过联邦调查局局长科米在川普发推文之后很快就谋求FBI的上级机构司法部否认川普的说法。但是司法部没有发表任何声明。

司法部长塞申斯在大选中力挺川普,他上星期表示,自己从没有给川普总统任何理由让他相信他在大选前几个星期里被窃听了。

白宫发言人斯派塞上星期引用福克斯新闻节目中法律分析人员纳坡里塔诺的说法,说窃听是英国特工搞的。而英国电子情报机构表示,那个说法太荒谬,不值得理会。星期五在白宫记者会上,川普强调那是那位法律分析人员说的。

川普说:“我们所做的,不过是引用一位有才能的法律人士的话,是他在电视上说的”,“你不应该和我讨论,而应该和福克斯讨论。”

过了不久,福克斯的一位节目主持人说:“福克斯新闻无法证实纳坡里塔诺法官的评论。福克斯新闻不知道有任何一种证据能证明美国现任总统曾经在任何时候,以任何方式被监听。句号。”

上星期,参议院情报委员会领导人,共和党的理查德·伯尔和民主党的马克·沃纳在联合声明里表示:“据我们得到的信息,我们没看到任何迹象说明在2016年投票日之前和之后美国政府的任何部分监听川普大楼。”

美国联邦调查局和议员正在调查俄罗斯是否介入了美国大选以帮助川普战胜希拉里·克林顿。而上述窃听问题,是调查工作的一部分。

美国众议院情报委员会主席努涅斯星期日告诉福克斯新闻,他没有看到任何证据能证明川普竞选团队和莫斯科共谋。

Key US Officials to Testify about Trump's Wiretap Claim

Two key U.S. officials are set to testify publicly about whether there is any truth behind the explosive, but unsubstantiated, claim by U.S. President Donald Trump that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his Trump Tower headquarters in the weeks before last year's presidential election.

Both FBI Director James Comey, and National Security Agency chief Admiral Michael Rogers likely would have known about the eavesdropping if it occurred. They are to appear Monday before the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

For two weeks, Trump has refused to back down on his allegation, even as a string of officials, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and the top Republican and Democratic lawmakers on both the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, have said there is no evidence to support Trump's March 4 wiretapping claims he made in a series of Twitter comments.

On Sunday, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House panel, told Fox News that new information lawmakers received Friday from the Justice Department about the possibility of a wiretap has not changed his conclusion.

"Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No, but there never was, and the information we got on Friday continues to lead us in that direction." Nunes said.

Neither Rogers nor Comey has spoken publicly about the president's allegation. But Comey, as the FBI chief, sought to get the Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, to disavow Trump's claim shortly after the president made it, but the agency has not released any statement.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who oversees the Justice Department and was a staunch Trump supporter during the presidential campaign, said last week he never gave the president any reason to believe he was wiretapped in the weeks before the November election.

Trump's White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, last week suggested that the wiretapping was carried out by British agents, citing a statement on Fox News by a legal analyst, Andrew Napolitano. The British electronic intelligence agency, the GCHQ, said the report was "utterly ridiculous and should be ignored," but when asked about it Friday at a White House news conference, Trump deflected any blame for linking the British to his wiretapping allegation.

"All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television,'' Trump said of the claim that Obama had enlisted the British to eavesdrop on him. ``You shouldn't be talking to me, you should be talking to Fox."

A short time later, a Fox News anchor said, "Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano's commentary. Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind, that the now president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way."

Last week, the leaders of of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republican Richard Burr and Democrat Mark Warner, said in a joint statement, "Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government, either before or after Election Day 2016.”

The wiretapping allegation is part of a broader U.S. investigation by the FBI and lawmakers into the conclusion by the country's intelligence community that Russia meddled in the election in an effort to help Trump defeat his Democratic challenger, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

U.S. investigators say Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hacking into the computers at the Democratic National Committee. The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks subsequently released thousands of emails from the files of Clinton campaign chief John Podesta in the month before the election, showing embarrassing, behind-the-scenes efforts of Democratic operatives to help Clinton win the party's presidential nomination.

But the Trump administration has rebuffed any contention that its campaign aides colluded with Russian officials in that cyberattack.