An audio recording that has been reviewed by ABC News catches President Donald Trump ordering a mob hit on former American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
According to ABC News, the recording was made in April 2018, which was more than a year before Yovanovitch was finally ousted from her position. Additionally, ABC News reports that the recording was made by Igor Fruman, the now-indicted henchman of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who captured the president’s voice during a private dinner where he also met with Fruman’s co-conspirator, Lev Parnas.
Trump’s tirade against Yovanovitch came after both Fruman and Parnas had informed the president that the ambassador was known to say nasty things about him, which prompted Trump to demand her dismissal.
“Get rid of her!” Trump says in the recording. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it.”
Ironically, Parnas also claimed that Yovanovitch routinely badmouthed the president by predicting that he would get impeached — a prediction that has now come true thanks in part to Trump’s firing of Yovanovitch.
Despite Trump’s demands, however, it would still be another year before Yovanovitch was recalled.
Giuliani apparently makes reference to how long it took to actually get the ambassador fired in a text to Parnas in which he says, “Please don’t tell anyone I can’t get the crooked Ambassador fired or I did three times and she’s still there.”
And now we know what prompted this message exchange between Giuliani’s thug Parnas and Hyde, the hit man hired by Parnas.
- Trump to Parnas: “Take her out” (4/30/18)
- Hyde to Parnas: “They are willing to help if you/we would like a price. Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money.” To which Parnas replied: “Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money . . . If you want her out, they need to make contact with [FSB] security forces.”” (3/26/19)
- Perez to Yovanovitch: “[T]his is about your security. You need to come home immediately.” (4/25/19)