Here’s What We Learned From Roger Stone’s Indictment
WASHINGTON — In Friday’s indictment of Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime informal adviser to President Trump, the special counsel for the first time revealed evidence of efforts by senior Trump campaign officials to learn how emails and other information that had been hacked by Russia and given to WikiLeaks could damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The evidence appeared to contradict Mr. Stone’s assertions that he was acting on his own in his attempts to communicate with WikiLeaks. Senior campaign officials asked Mr. Stone to look into WikiLeaks’ plans, and he kept the campaign abreast of what he found out, the indictment said.
华盛顿——在周五对特朗普总统的长期非正式顾问小罗杰·J·斯通(Roger J. Stone Jr.)的起诉书中，特别检察官首次披露了证据，表明特朗普高级竞选官员曾采取行动，去了解被俄罗斯黑客攻击并泄露给维基解密(WikiLeaks)的邮件及其它信息能够怎样破坏希拉里·克林顿(Hillary Clinton)的总统竞选。该证据似乎与斯通的表述相悖，他声称他试图与维基解密进行沟通是其个人行为。起诉书称，特朗普的高级竞选官员要求斯通调查维基解密的计划，而他将把自己的调查结果随时告知竞选团队。
The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, disclosed new details about his investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference and possible ties to the Trump campaign:
特别检察官罗伯特·S·穆勒三世(Robert S. Mueller III)披露了在俄罗斯干预2016年竞选及其与特朗普竞选可能存在的联系这一调查中，他所获得的新细节：
The campaign sought to learn how WikiLeaks’ releases might damage Mrs. Clinton
The public has long known that Mr. Stone and his associates had tried to connect with WikiLeaks in the summer of 2016 as Mr. Trump clinched the Republican nomination. Senior campaign officials dispatched Mr. Stone on that mission, the indictment revealed.
In June or July 2016, Mr. Stone told senior campaign aides that he knew that WikiLeaks had documents “whose release would be damaging to the Clinton campaign,” the indictment said. After WikiLeaks released emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee on July 22, 2016, “a senior Trump campaign official was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases” and other information that WikiLeaks had that could hurt Mr. Trump’s opponent in the race, Mrs. Clinton.
2016年六七月间，斯通告诉几名高级竞选助理，他知道维基解密持有“一旦泄露可能会破坏克林顿竞选”的文件，起诉书称。在维基解密泄露了于2016年7月22日从民主党全国委员会(Democratic National Committee)窃取的邮件后，“一位特朗普高级竞选官员被指示联系斯通，探讨任何附带泄露”，以及其它维基解密所拥有、且能损害特朗普对手克林顿竞选活动的信息。
The Trump campaign officials were interested in learning about the stolen emails and other documents, despite the fact, as the indictment noted, that the Democratic National Committee had publicly blamed the Russian government more than a month earlier for hacking its computers.
Someone ‘directed’ a senior Trump campaign aide to contact Mr. Stone
This is the most tantalizing new detail in the indictment. Prosecutors left open the possibility that Mr. Trump himself might have wanted to find out how WikiLeaks could hurt Mrs. Clinton’s chances of winning the White House. The indictment provided no details about either the senior campaign official or the unnamed person.
Jay Sekulow, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, sought to distance his client from the indictment and any suggestion that he might have sought to coordinate with WikiLeaks. “The indictment today does not allege Russian collusion by Roger Stone or anyone else,” Mr. Sekulow said in a statement. “Rather, the indictment focuses on alleged false statements Mr. Stone made to Congress.”
特朗普的私人律师杰伊·塞库洛(Jay Sekulow)努力使自己的客户远离这份起诉书，乃至任何表明他曾寻求与维基解密合作的说法。“今天的起诉书不能断言罗杰·斯通或其他任何人与俄罗斯有过共谋，” 塞库洛在声明中称，“确切地说，起诉书侧重于斯通向国会做过虚假陈述的指控。”
It was obvious during the summer of 2016 that Mr. Trump was interested in what WikiLeaks was up to. A day after WikiLeaks released the Democratic committee’s emails, Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter that the documents showed Democrats were trying to “destroy” Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who was running against Mrs. Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Mr. Trump directed his Twitter followers to the WikiLeaks disclosures, writing: “On-line from Wikileakes, really vicious. RIGGED.”
And a few days later, during a campaign rally, Mr. Trump invited Russia to search for emails Mrs. Clinton had deleted from a private account when she was secretary of state.
Mr. Stone is not charged with conspiracy
Campaign officials sought information from WikiLeaks, the indictment said, but it did not allege that those interactions were illegal or that Mr. Stone or anyone else tied to the Trump campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy with the organization.
This is a point that lawyers for the White House and Mr. Stone emphasized in response to Mr. Stone’s arrest and the allegations in the indictment. The lawyers said Mr. Stone was not charged with “collusion” — the president’s shorthand for conspiring with the Russians.<-->纽约时报中英文网 http://www.qqenglish.com<-->
Mr. Mueller’s team has obtained indictments against Russians for conspiring to defraud the United States through an illegal social media campaign and conspiring to hack Democratic computers to steal emails and other documents. Investigators had been trying to determine whether Mr. Stone or any of Mr. Trump’s other associates were part of any illegal scheme orchestrated by the Russians or WikiLeaks to influence the election, according to two people briefed on the inquiry.
To charge a defendant with such a conspiracy, prosecutors would need to show much more than what they allege in Mr. Stone’s indictment. They would have to show the defendant agreed with one or more people to commit a crime and knew the objective of the criminal scheme and took action to further it, said John Marston, a former assistant United States attorney who is now a partner at the law firm Foley Hoag.
要指控被告有这样的阴谋，检察官需要证明的远远不止他们在针对斯通的起诉书中所宣称的。前司法部副部长，现富理达律师事务所(Foley Hoag)合伙人约翰·马斯顿(John Marston)说，他们必须证明被告同意一个或更多的人犯下罪行，知道犯罪计划的目标，并采取进一步行动。
Prosecutors would not have to prove that the defendant knew every aspect of the conspiracy, Mr. Marston said. “But the government really needs something to show more than that the person was just associating with other bad actors, or merely aware of what the bad actors were doing,” he said.
Mr. Stone is the latest Trump associate charged with lying
The special counsel has charged six other Trump associates on allegations of lying to Congress or federal authorities. Among them were Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trump’s first national security adviser; Michael D. Cohen, the president’s longtime lawyer and fixer; and Rick Gates, the former Trump deputy campaign manager.
特别检察官还指控特朗普的其他六名助手对国会或联邦当局撒谎。其中包括特朗普的首位国家安全顾问迈克尔·T·弗林(Michael T. Flynn)、总统的长期律师和问题解决者迈克尔·D·科恩(Michael D. Cohen)，还有特朗普的前竞选副经理里克·盖茨(Rick Gates)。
In May 2017, Mr. Stone falsely told the House Intelligence Committee that he never discussed his WikiLeaks communications with anyone in the Trump campaign, according to the indictment. He also lied when he told the committee that he had no documents of interest to the House investigators, when in fact he had dozens of relevant emails and text messages, prosecutors said.
起诉书称，2017年5月，斯通虚假地告诉众议院情报委员会(House Intelligence Committee)，他从未与特朗普竞选团队中的任何人讨论过他与维基解密的联系。检察官们说，当他告诉委员会，他手中没有众议院调查人员感兴趣的文件时也是在说谎，实际上他有几十封相关的电子邮件和短信。
He also falsely denied that he had asked intermediaries to pass along requests to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, for documents that he believed would hurt Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, according to the indictment.
He was also charged with trying to prevent an associate from contradicting his lies in his own testimony to the House committee. “Stonewall it. Plead the fifth,” he texted the associate.