ABC News reports it has reviewed an audio recording of what appears to be Donald Trump having a conversation with former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas regarding then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
In the recording, a voice said to be Trump’s can be heard saying, “Get rid of her! Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. OK? Do it.”
Parnas’ lawyer Joseph Bondy told the press the recording has been furnished to the House Intelligence Committee: “We do believe that contents of the conversation as portrayed by ABC News are of critical importance in the impeachment trial of the President. And would urge that it be produced to Congress.”
Bondy also gave the full recording to the press for full transparency:
Trump has repeatedly announced he “doesn’t know” Parnas and “hasn’t ever spoken” to Parnas.
If you listen to the full recording, it’s clear this was a lengthy dinner meeting that Trump had with Parnas and others. And he tells the public he “hasn’t ever spoken” to Parnas???
The White House has not defended the tape other than Vice President Mike Pence saying the recording “confirms what people already know.”
The recording appears to contradict statements by President Trump and support the narrative that has been offered by Parnas during broadcast interviews in recent days. Sources familiar with the recording said the recording was made during an intimate April 30, 2018, dinner at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Trump has said repeatedly he does not know Parnas, a Soviet-born American who has emerged as a wild card in Trump’s impeachment trial, especially in the days since Trump was impeached.
“Get rid of her!” is what the voice that appears to be President Trump’s is heard saying. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it.”
Trump supporters have maintained until now that no evidence exists that directly ties Trump to the current allegations that led to his impeachment.
Parnas and Fruman are currently under federal indictment in New York in a campaign finance case, but Parnas has been cooperating with authorities by releasing text messages and communications between himself and Trump’s team.
Trump has claimed he doesn't know Parnas, but here he is apparently giving him a direct order to "get rid of" a U.S. ambassador. https://t.co/LFiEkLom3V
Not that this needs to be explained but maybe it does, “Take her out” means put a hit on or kill her. That’s standard mob speak. I litigated a wrongful death/civil rights case on behalf of an Estate of someone who was murdered by the mob. NYPD personnel were involved 1/
Who among us that has been fired before, had their boss say, “Take her out.”#TakeHerOut is a hit job ordered by a mob boss. This is not a stretch to say Trump ordered a veiled assassination of a US Ambassador.
President Donald Trump and aides sought Thursday to distance him from a Soviet-born businessman who said Trump knew all about efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating U.S. political rival Joe Biden – a pivotal point in the Senate impeachment trial of the president.
“I don’t believe I’ve ever spoken to him,” Trump told reporters about Lev Parnas, taking questions after an event announcing new federal guidance he has said will “safeguard” the rights of students to pray in school.
Parnas said Trump knows him well and there are pictures of the two of them at various events. In an interview with CNN, Parnas said that every time Trump denies knowing him, “I’ll show him another picture. He’s lying.”
Here’s Trump telling reporters he meets thousands of people and doesn’t remember them, and that’s followed by tweets of photos and video showing the two men together.
“I don’t know those gentlemen.” – Trump “He was aware of all my movements.I wouldn't do anything w/o the consent of Giuliani, or the president. Why w Pres Zelenskiy’s inner circle meet me? Who am I?They were told to meet w me. That’s the secret they're trying to keep.” – Parnas pic.twitter.com/PrCxB6YIky
New evidence has come to light related to the impeachment of Donald Trump via the release of notes, text messages and documents on the cell phone of Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
The material released on Tuesday contains several handwritten notes, emails, encrypted messages, and other documents that underscore the close relationship between Parnas and Giuliani, who was actively pursuing an effort last year to push the Ukrainian government to announce investigations targeting Trump’s political rivals. The documents also complicate one of Trump’s oft-stated defenses of his actions toward Ukraine.
A previously undisclosed May 2019 letter from Giuliani to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is among the tranche of documents the Democrat-led committee made public on Tuesday.
In the letter, which was obtained from Parnas’ cell phone that was turned over the Intelligence Committee on Sunday, Giuliani asked for a half-hour meeting with Zelensky as the former New York City mayor was pursuing investigations targeting former Vice President Joe Biden — and Giuliani made clear that he was acting with Trump’s “knowledge and consent” and in his capacity as a “personal” attorney for the president.
Trump, though, has stated that he was acting on behalf of the U.S. government when he allegedly pushed for the investigations.
Giuliani specifically said in his letter to the president of Ukraine he wanted the meeting as he acted in “his capacity as personal counsel to President Trump,” not for the United States.