(That video is over an hour long, but the part about Marie Yovanovitch is around the 42:00 mark.)
Courtesy of NYT:
For more than an hour one evening in 2018, President Trump sat around a dinner table in a private suite in his Washington hotel with a group of donors, including two men at the center of the impeachment inquiry, talking about golf, trade, politics — and removing the United States ambassador to Ukraine.
The conversation, captured on a recording made public Saturday, contradicted Mr. Trump’s repeated statements that he does not know the two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who went on to work with the president’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani to carry out a pressure campaign on Ukraine.
The recording — a video shot on Mr. Fruman’s phone during the dinner in April 2018 — largely confirmed Mr. Parnas’s account of having raised with Mr. Trump criticisms of the ambassador to Kyiv at the time, Marie L. Yovanovitch, and the president’s immediate order that Ms. Yovanovitch should be removed from the post.
“Get rid of her,” Mr. Trump can be heard responding.
The recording was made public by Mr. Parnas’s lawyer, Joseph A. Bondy, hours after the president’s lawyers began presenting their defense in the impeachment trial and as Democrats looked for leverage to persuade Republicans to support their calls to expand the inquiry by introducing additional evidence and calling new witnesses.
You know I cannot even begin to tell you the number of times that I have had dinner or engaged in hour long discussions with people I have never met, so I totally understand Trump’s frustration with these accusations.
I mean the real problem is that most of the country keeps relying on facts and evidence rather than simply listening to Fox News with their eyes closed like Trump wants everybody to do.
By the way the conversation about Yovanovich was not the only smoking gun in this video there was also this little tidbit which my daughter is totally going to be calling me about later.
Courtesy of Newsweek:
“Had she [Clinton] picked Bernie Sanders it would’ve been tougher. He’s the only one I didn’t want her to pick,” Trump can be heard saying in the recording. The president had previously pointed to Sanders positions on trade, suggesting that they resonate with voters.
“You know he basically says we’re getting screwed on trade. And he’s right,” the president noted.
Before people get too excited I don’t think that Bernie would have accepted the VP position anyway, and who wouldn’t have been better than Tim “Who is this guy again?” Kaine?
P.S. Just keep in mind that if Donald Trump is this easy to catch on tape now that he is president that Russia must have reams of embarrassing video of him going back decades.