Video appears to show Trump demanding former ambassador to Ukraine be fired

Video appears to show Trump demanding former ambassador to Ukraine be fired

The footage was reportedly taken during an April 2018 donor dinner at a hotel and released to news outlets by an attorney for Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Mr. Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

In the recording, Parnas can be heard telling Trump that the ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, had been disparaging the president, and that he should "get rid" of her.

The issue is central to Trump's ongoing impeachment trial in the US Senate. Excerpts of the taped encounter were published on Friday by ABC News.

In the recording, a voice said to be Trump's can be heard saying, "Get rid of her!" He later can be heard telling Trump, "She's basically walking around telling everybody: 'Wait, he's gonna get impeached".

"Get rid of her. Get her out tomorrow".

Giuliani has also been on the record as having pushed for Yovanovitch's firing by Trump claiming she would impede their efforts to get Ukraine dirt on Joe and Hunter Biden. Take her out. OK?

His comments last night came shortly after The New York Times reported that Bolton had claimed Trump told him almost $400 million in assistance to Ukraine was being delayed until the country began investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

Democrats say Mr Trump associates spent almost a year trying to oust Ms Yovanovitch because they saw her as an obstacle in their efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Mr Biden.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

"Every president in our history has had the right to place people who support his agenda and his policies within his administration", White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said. It is then that Trump calls for her ouster.

In October Yovanovitch testified to Congress that she was recalled due to "unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives".

Yovanovitch was removed from her post in April 2019.

Both Parnas and Fruman were charged with violating USA campaign finance laws in October. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Meanwhile, Democratic US House impeachment manager Adam Schiff said on Sunday he believed Mr Trump's comment that he has not yet "paid the price" was intended as a threat. He said Friday that he had shared it with the House Intelligence Committee.

Parnas has done a series of interviews in recent days in which he has asserted that Trump was aware of the plan to remove Yovanovitch.

He added that Parnas has more recordings of the President.

President Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in his handling of Ukraine, which is at the center of the impeachment process he has regularly called a "hoax" and "witch hunt". "But I just met him". Don't know what he's about, don't know where he comes from, know nothing about him.

"I don't think that there's any doubt about it and if you think there is, look at the President's tweets about me today, saying that I should pay a price".

While the Republican-controlled Senate is highly unlikely to remove Trump from office, he is seeking to limit political damage to his bid for a second term in the Nov 3 election. Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, and acquittal is considered likely.

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