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昨天,看起来现实电视国王披露的美联储不停的加息以及人民币和欧元的汇率被操纵是特朗普总统最大的不满;然而,当他的两名前任随从承认犯有欺诈和其他罪名时,让总统更加头疼的事情来了。美国最(不)受欢迎的现实生活版戏剧昨天达到了高潮 — 就在前后相隔几分钟的时间里,先是曼纳福特(Manafort)被判有罪,紧接着科恩(Cohen)承认犯有欺诈罪。这在被认为是特朗普任期内“最糟糕的一天”和“最糟糕的一小时”之内进一步让特朗普的可信度遭受重创。

首先,特朗普前竞选主席保罗·曼纳福特(Paul Manafort)被判犯有八项欺诈罪(银行和税务)。虽然曾经是特朗普内部圈子的一部分,也是他竞选总统的关键人物,但这些对曼纳福特的定罪仅仅跟他对乌克兰前总统亚努科维奇(Yanukovych)的游说和咨询工作有关,而跟特别顾问罗伯特·穆勒(Robert Muelle)展开的关于跟俄罗斯勾结并干涉2016年大选这一核心调查并没有直接关系。然而,许多人会看到,这一胜利有助于证明特朗普一直称之为“猎巫”的事件并不是虚构,并为继续调查提供了凭证。此外,对于曼纳福特来说事情还远未结束 — 下个月他将在华盛顿特区又要面临七项刑事案件的指控,并且有可能就弗吉尼亚州陪审团未能达成协议的那10项联邦案件指控再次受审。

第二,更加相关的是,就在曼纳福特的判决公布后的几分钟之后,曾经长期担任特朗普律师和“摆平者”的迈克尔·科恩(Michael Cohen)在纽约法院承认了八项罪名,包括违反竞选财务法、税务欺诈和银行欺诈。其中第一项涉及向声称是唐纳德·特朗普的情妇支付的封口费一直是媒体报道的焦点。昨天,科恩说,在特朗普的“指示”下,他向色情女演员斯托米·丹尼尔斯(Stormy Daniels)和花花公子模特卡伦·麦克杜格尔(Karen McDougal)支付了封口费,以便堵住她们不堪入耳的指责。他的上诉协议仍然要求判处46至63个月的监禁。

杜克大学的法学教授丽莎·克恩·格里芬(Lisa Kern Griffin)表示,这一司法程序的发展“基本上把总统推到了成为一名参与犯罪行为的未经指控的同谋的危险境地”;一些民主党人已经要求弹劾(总统),而科恩的律师兰尼·戴维斯(Lanny Davis)则在推特上向特朗普问到:“如果这些付款对迈克尔·科恩来说是犯罪,那对于唐纳德·特朗普来说为什么就不是犯罪?”

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