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Politics Parnas releases extended audio from 2018 dinner with Trump

07:30  26 january  2020
07:30  26 january  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Lev Parnas , a former associate of President Donald Trump 's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has released an hour-long, mostly audio tape of a private dinner attended by President Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. Parnas , currently under federal indictment by prosecutors in New York, released the.

The associate, Lev Parnas , who worked with Mr. Giuliani on the effort to oust the ambassador and to pressure the Ukrainian government to pursue investigations to Mr. Bondy said it “is of high materiality to the impeachment inquiry” of Mr. Trump , which House Democrats are presenting in the Senate.

Lev Parnas, a former associate of President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has released an hour-long, mostly audio tape of a private dinner attended by President Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, exits after a bail hearing at the Manhattan Federal Court in New York, Dec. 17, 2019.© Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters, FILE Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, exits after a bail hearing at the Manhattan Federal Court in New York, Dec. 17, 2019.

Parnas, currently under federal indictment by prosecutors in New York, released the tape from the April 30, 2018, dinner after ABC News first reported its existence and obtained a portion of the conversation in which Parnas and Trump appear to discuss the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

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  Lev Parnas: ‘I Felt Like My Family Left Me’ In an interview with The Daily Beast, Lev Parnas––an ex-associate of Rudy Giuliani’s who’s at the heart of the impeachment scandal––said he’s determined to keep speaking out about his work in Trump World regarding Ukraine despite backlash. Parnas sat with Rachel Maddow for an MSNBC interview that aired Wednesday, and then with CNN’s Anderson Cooper for another interview set to run Thursday night. In his conversation with Maddow, he said President Donald Trump knew all about his efforts to pressure Kyiv to give him political favors. And he said that Giuliani told Ukrainian leaders that Parnas specifically spoke on the president’s behalf.

The recording from a dinner in 2018 showed that the president spent an hour with two key players in the Ukraine pressure campaign. Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman worked closely with Mr. Giuliani in seeking information and making contacts in Ukraine in support of the effort.

Jennifer Johnson reports on the rare Saturday session of the Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump . As Robin Gill explains, it comes as audio from a 2018 White House dinner is released , contradicting Trump 's claims that he doesn't know Lev Parnas , a key figure in the case.

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As ABC News reported on Friday, Parnas appears to say to Trump: "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.'"

Marie Yovanovitch, to whom they appear to be referring, actually had served in the State Department since the Reagan administration.

On the recording, a voice that appears to be the president's responds to Parnas' comments: "Get rid of her! Get her out tomorrow. I don't care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. OK? Do it."

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  Rachel Maddow Once Again Draws Huge Ratings for MSNBC The Nielsen ratings for the second night of Rachel Maddow’s interview with Lev Parnas Thursday on MSNBC fell short of Wednesday’s record-breaking viewership (4.5 million viewers), notching down slightly at 4.3 million. But it was the third most-watched program in the history of “The Rachel Maddow Show.” (The second most-watched was on Jan. 8, 2019.) In the key adult 25 to 54 demographic, Thursday’s continuation of the Parnas interview on “Maddow” drew 745,000, beating Fox News (621,000) and CNN (375,000). In total viewers in the 9 p.m. hour, “Maddow’s” 4.3 million meant the program beat “Hannity” (3.9 million) by that measurement as well.

ABC News tonight has released some of the audio from the much-talked-about conversation today in which The audio shared by ABC News tonight shows Parnas apparently saying they need to get Yovanovitch out of her The recording was reportedly from April 2018 and, per ABC, made by Fruman.

“ Parnas , I don’t know,” Trump said to reporters on Wednesday, “other than he probably contributed to the campaign along with tens of thousands of other Ask Parnas , though, and the relationship is much different. As an associate of Trump ’s personal attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani, there’s little question that

The video and audio were recorded by the phone of Igor Fruman, an associate of Parnas who's also under federal indictment in New York.

Fruman is not cooperating with the congressional impeachment probe into Trump, but Parnas is. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Late Friday, after finding his own copy of the tape, Parnas' attorney confirmed to ABC News that they had turned that copy over to the House Intelligence Committee for review.

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On Saturday, in providing the extended recording to ABC News, Parnas' attorney, Joseph A. Bondy said in a statement: "Given its importance to the national interest, we decided to release this recording in a manner intended to ensure equal public access, and in an effort to provide clarity to the American people and the Senate as to the need to conduct a fair trial, with witnesses and evidence."

The White House on Saturday did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News. On Friday night, press secretary Stephanie Grisham, reacting to reports of the tape, said: "Every president in our history has had the right to place people who support his agenda and his policies within his administration."

An attorney for Fruman and the Southern District of New York each declined to comment when reached by ABC News.

In recording Trump asks how long Ukraine can resist Russians .
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump inquired how long Ukraine would be able to resist Russian aggression without U.S. assistance during a 2018 meeting with donors that included the indicted associates of his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. “How long would they last in a fight with Russia?” Trump is heard asking in the audio portion of a video recording, moments before he calls for the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. She was removed a year later after a campaign to discredit her by Giuliani and others, an action that is part of Democrats' case arguing for the removal of the president in his Senate impeachment trial.

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