Lev Parnas’s lawyer has released audio which he claims to be captured at April 2018 fundraising dinner that Parnas and Igor Fruman attended with President Donald Trump along with others. In the audio, Parnas indicated the campaign finance violations criticizing Marie Yovanovitch, the USA’s the ambassador to Ukraine after which Trump calls her to be fired.
The recording is conflicting with Trump’s statements given to the media and supports the narrative that was offered by Parnas during interviews in the last couple of days. Sources who were aware of the recording said that the audio was recorded during a closed dinner at Trump International Hotel in Washington D. in 30th April of 2018.
Trump in different repeated statements claims that he does not know who Parnas is as Parnas turns out to be Soviet origin American who is now the wild card in Trump’s impeachment trial. “Get rid of her!” was the exact quote said by a voice that appears to be of Trump where he further says ” I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Taker her out. OK? Do it.”
The audio recorded that two associates of Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman tells Trump how the U.S. ambassador had been bad-mouthing Trump which makes Trump make the remarks above. According to sources, the audio was recorded by Fruman. Stephanie Grisham, the White House’s press secretary, says that every president has the right to place people who support his agenda and policies within his Administration.
During the recorded conversation, several participants are heard laughing along with Trump. At one point, Trump is even heard to be praising the new secretary of state Mike Pompeo calling him the best. But the discussion with Parna about ambassador to Ukraine is the most striking moment.
Yovanovitch has been working in the State Department since Reagan’s administration. But it was not until April 2019 that she was removed from her position as she was claimed to be disloyal to Trump. The investigators are even looking for text messages which have a document the year-long effort of Parnas and Giuliani to remove Yovanovitch.