Here’s a portion of the infamous Igor Fruman tape, which was recorded April, 2018, wherein an indifferent sounding Donald Trump orders the removal of a United States ambassador with the ease with which he would fire a waitress at Mar-a-Lago. It plays over a music bed of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” which is presumably meant as a troll of Trump. Enjoy.
Here’s a mix of .@realDonaldTrump and Lev Parnas, discussing Ukraine over dinner, and Rick Astley, #NeverGonnaGiveYouUp. Calling on @senatemajldr @LindseyGrahamSC @GOP to vote with integrity and conscience. Call the witnesses. Hear the evidence. Have a fair trial. #LevRemembers pic.twitter.com/EmArvoujgB
— Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) January 25, 2020
Mr. Bondy said the recording was “of high materiality to the impeachment inquiry” of Mr. Trump and that he had provided it to the House Intelligence Committee, whose chairman, Representative Adam B. Schiff, is leading the impeachment managers in their presentation of the case.
In the recording, ABC News reported, Mr. Parnas can be heard saying that “the biggest problem there, I think where we need to start is we gotta get rid of” Ms. Yovanovitch.
“She’s basically walking around telling everybody, ‘Wait, he’s gonna get impeached, just wait,’” Mr. Parnas says on the recording, according to ABC News.
“Get rid of her!” a voice that sounds like Mr. Trump’s responds, according to ABC News. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. O.K.? Do it.” […]
Asked about the recording by Fox News, Mr. Trump said he was “not a big fan” of Ms. Yovanovitch. “I want ambassadors that are chosen by me,” he said. “I have a right to hire and fire ambassadors, and that’s a very important thing.”
Like I said, Trump thinks firing an ambassador is like firing a waitress at Mar-a-Lago. Now here’s the part of the story that I love. The understatement is stunning.
Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman had obtained direct access to the president by donating to Republican committees, and the recording suggests he spoke in front of them in a remarkably unfiltered and undiplomatic way, given their relative obscurity.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! That’s a polite way of saying that they’re thugs, brought in by Rudy Guliani and Trump is sitting there, rubbing elbows, and getting their advice on how to conduct affairs of state. No wonder Lev Parnas thought, “We’ll be kings after this.” He had more input on Ukraine at that moment than Mike Pompeo.
The rest of the tape is in the possession of Congress at this time and should be released later in the week. If this is a preview, the entire tape should constitute an opus of guilt. This will be the subject of 3:00 a.m. tantrum tweets, just wait.