More signs that there is more relevant information in a Impeachment Trial that may never become available. That trial may unfortunately have no witnesses and may end in time for the Super Bowl because for Trump, that’s what counts.
There is a 84 minute tape made available to ABC perhaps by Igor Fruman that is of a meeting at the Trump hotel in DC. Parnas has his own cloud copy of the tape and has turned it over to the House Intelligence committee.
On the tape, Trump speaks to John DeStefano the WH personnel officer about removing Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were in attendance, as well as Donald Trump Junior.
Trump: "How long would Ukraine last without our help?
"Parnas: "30 seconds."
PARNAS: "The biggest problem there, I think where we need to start is we gotta get rid of the ambassador. She's still left over from the Clinton administration. She's basically walking around telling everybody 'Wait, he's gonna get impeached, just wait.'"
TRUMP: "Get rid of her [Yovanovitch]! Get her out tomorrow. I don't care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it."
The White House’s response to the ABC News story didn’t deny that Trump attended the dinner, which reportedly took place on April 30, 2018, or that the President used the language attributed to him in the ABC News report. “Every President in our history has had the right to place people who support his agenda and his policies within his Administration,” the White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement.
Nobody has suggested that Trump didn’t have the authority to replace Yovanovitch; the issue is why he did it, and why has he been lying about his relationship with Parnas. Just last week, Trump said, “I don’t know him at all. Don’t know what he’s about, don’t know where he comes from, know nothing about him. I can only tell you this thing is a big hoax.” Are those statements still operative? Grisham didn’t mention them, of course.
This recording has a similar authenticity to the one Michael Cohen made of Trump approving the hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels.
In April 2018, Trump knew how important aid was to Ukraine in the tape, and as well what an impediment US Ambassador Yovanovitch was to a furtherance of what would be a plot to use military aid as leverage.