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And the Biggest Loser from Impeachment Opening Day Is…
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2019-11-14 19:42
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WASHINGTON — Gordon Sondland is in trouble — again.

华盛顿——戈登·桑德兰又有麻烦了。

Indeed, President Trump’s embattled ambassador to the European Union may have been the single biggest loser from the first day of open impeachment hearings Wednesday, after his credibility was blasted one more time by yet another witness. And this time, it was on national television.

的确,特朗普总统四面楚歌的驻欧盟大使可能是周三弹劾听证会第一天以来最大的输家,因为他的信誉再次遭到另一名证人的攻击。这一次,这消息出现在国家电视台上。

In a dramatic revelation, Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, testified that he recently learned one of his staffers overheard an explosive phone call between Sondland and Trump about “investigations” while Sondland was visiting Ukraine last summer.

戏剧性的是,美国驻乌克兰代理大使比尔·泰勒(Bill Taylor)作证称,他最近得知,他的一名手下去年夏天访问乌克兰时,无意中听到了桑德兰和特朗普之间关于“调查”的爆炸性电话。

In case there was any doubt what they were talking about, Sondland then turned around and helpfully explained to the staffer that Trump was amped up about getting Ukraine to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, Taylor said.

泰勒说,为了防止有人怀疑他们在说什么,桑德兰转身向工作人员解释说,特朗普已经准备好让乌克兰对前副总统乔·拜登(Joe Biden)展开调查。

阅读:乌克兰事件之后,特朗普询问了对拜登夫妇的‘调查’

“The member of my staff asked Ambassador Sondland what President Trump thought about Ukraine,” Taylor testified. “Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden.”

“我的工作人员问桑德兰大使特朗普总统对乌克兰的看法,”泰勒作证说。“大使桑德兰回应称,特朗普总统更关心对拜登的调查。”

That account appears at odds with Sondland’s previous sworn testimony that he couldn’t recall having conversations with any “White House official” about efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden.

这一说法似乎与桑德兰之前的宣誓证词不一致,他不记得曾与任何“白宫官员”就迫使乌克兰调查拜登的努力进行过对话。

Sondland’s attorneys didn’t immediately return a request for comment Wednesday.

桑德兰的律师周三没有立即回复置评请求。

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Taylor’s bombshell marks just the latest setback for Sondland, who'd already amended his previous sworn testimony with a four-page, heavily-lawyered update after others in the impeachment inquiry remembered events differently.

泰勒的重磅炸弹只是桑德兰遭受的最新挫折。在弹劾调查的其他人对事件的记忆不同之后,桑德兰德已经修改了他之前的宣誓证词,用了一份四页的、律师们严格遵守的更新材料。

Sondland said his memory was “refreshed” by other witnesses who recalled him telling a Ukrainian official in early September that vital military assistance would not flow unless Ukraine announced investigations.

桑德兰说,其他目击者“重新唤起”了他的记忆。他们记得,9月初,他曾对一名乌克兰官员说,除非乌克兰宣布展开调查,否则不会提供至关重要的军事援助。

Trump’s EU ambassador wrote that, indeed, he did tell a top adviser to Zelensky that “resumption of U.S. aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks.”

特朗普的欧盟大使写道,他确实告诉泽伦斯基的一名高级顾问,“在乌克兰提供我们讨论了数周的公开反腐声明之前,美国不太可能恢复援助。”

阅读:桑德兰把鲁迪扔到车底下了。

This time, if Taylor and his aide are right, Sondland appears to have forgotten a direct phone call he had with the president of the United States in a restaurant about investigating Biden.

这一次,如果泰勒和他的助手是对的,桑德兰似乎忘记了他和美国总统在一家餐馆里直接打电话调查拜登的事。

For the moment, Democrats only have Taylor’s word to go by — but, apparently, not for long.

目前,民主党人只有泰勒的话可以依靠——但显然,不会太久。

Taylor said that the House Intelligence Committee is actively investigating the matter, and moments later, Democrats announced that one of Taylor’s staffers from the U.S. embassy in Kiev plans to give a new deposition in closed-door testimony on Friday: David Holmes, the embassy’s counselor for political affairs.

泰勒说,众议院情报委员会正在积极调查此事。片刻之后,民主党人宣布,泰勒在基辅的美国大使馆的一名工作人员计划在周五的闭门证词中提供一份新的证词:大使馆的政治事务顾问戴维霍姆斯(David Holmes)。

Holmes is indeed the staffer Taylor was referring to, NBC reported, citing an unnamed source.

美国全国广播公司援引未透露姓名的消息来源称,霍尔姆斯确实就是泰勒提到的那个职员。

Now, expectations are running high for Sondland’s sworn, public testimony, set for next Wednesday, Nov. 20.

现在,人们对桑德兰将于11月20日,也就是下周三进行的公开宣誓寄予厚望。

Cover: U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland arrives for a joint interview with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

封面:2019年10月17日,星期四,美国驻欧盟大使戈登·桑德兰抵达华盛顿,与众议院外交事务委员会、众议院常设情报委员会和众议院监督与改革委员会进行联合采访。(美联社照片/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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