Lev Parnas Has More Recordings of Donald Trump, His Attorney Says

Elias Hubbard
January 27, 2020

"Get her out tomorrow".

U.S. President Donald Trump asked dinner guests how long Ukraine would be able to resist Russian aggression, according to a tape recorded at a 2018 gathering with donors including Lev Parnas. Take her out. Okay?

Joseph Bondy, an attorney for Parnas, said he submitted the evidence to investigators in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

Parnas and his business partner Igor Fruman are key players in Trump's alleged campaign to pressure the government of Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, a potential election opponent for the president.

U.S. President Donald Trump's voice can be heard saying 'Get rid of her!

The release of the tape increases pressure on United States senators to subpoena witnesses for the impeachment trial, a move several polls show has strong support among the USA public.

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told local media she had not spoken to Mr Trump about the tweet but, "I think he means he hasn't yet paid the price with the voters".

"The biggest problem, where you need to start is we got to get rid of the ambassador, she's still left over from the Clinton administration", Parnas says. "She's basically walking around telling everybody, 'Wait, he's gonna get impeached, just wait".

"Given its importance to the national interest, we chose to release this recording in a manner meant to ensure equal public access, and in an effort to provide clarity to the American people and the Senate as to the need to conduct a fair trial, with witnesses and evidence", Bondy said in a statement to Fox News. Excerpts of the taped encounter were published on Friday by ABC News.

Only the first three minutes of the tape include visuals, and Trump can be seen briefly when he approaches the rectangular dining table set with red bouquets of flowers.

U.S. senator James Lankford, a Republican, likened Mr Trump's comment to those of Democrats who say Republicans will pay a price at the ballot box for supporting Mr Trump or will pay a price in the future as they are held accountable.

Trump responds: "Get rid of her!"

When pressed on whether Parnas plans to release the recordings, Bondy replied "perhaps" and argued that the latest anti-Yovanovitch recording by Trump was "important" to release to the public.

In an interview with NPR on Saturday, Deputy White House Press Secretary Steven Groves said the president's comments were directed to then aide John DeStefano, not to Parnas. "I have a right to hire and fire ambassadors", Trump said.

"I want ambassadors that are chosen by me".

"How long would they last in a fight with Russian Federation?"

"Not long", one of the participants says, before saying that Russian Federation "talks a big game".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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