Donald Trump addressed in a meeting with donors in April 2018 the dismissal of the then US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, one of the matters that are judged in impeachment to the president. He did it crudely, aggressively, and in conversation with two Ukrainian businessmen whom he now says he does not know, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who collaborated in the campaign of pressures against the Kiev Government. Details are known through the explosive broadcast this Saturday of a video recording taken with Fruman's mobile phone.
The 80-minute document is shocking not only with regard to the Ukrainian scandal, but because of the way in which the president shares information of all kinds – from the crisis of Ukraine and Russia, to the construction of the wall with Mexico – with Donors on a private appointment at their Washington hotel.
“Fire her, throw her tomorrow. I do not care. Check it out tomorrow. Take it out In agreement? Do it ”, emphasizes the Republican to someone, after who seems to be Parnas tells him that" the big problem "is the ambassador, who goes" saying to the whole world: 'you will see, they will subject you to an impeachment. " Yovanovitch is one of the witnesses who testified in the House of Representatives in the preliminary investigation phase of the Trump trial and testified that she had been fired after a smear campaign in retaliation for not collaborating with the alleged pressures on Kiev to obtain dirty rags about the political rivals of the president.
The ABC network advanced this Friday the existence of this recording, made public by the lawyer of Parnas, and this Saturday media such as the Associated Press or The New York Times have disregarded its content. The images are betrayed, given the limited and reduced levels, many zeniths.
In the morning, the president's legal team has begun his defense shift and assured that the president's maneuvers are legitimate. Trump is accused of abuse of power for pressuring Ukraine to get him to announce investigations that would harm Democrats, specifically, one about Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate leading the polls, and his son, Hunter, who was at I pay a Ukrainian gas company -Burism- while his father was vice president of Obama. Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, orchestrated a good part of this campaign of pressures through parallel diplomacy and associated, among others, with Parnas and Fruman.
In the video, the president talks more about the war that Ukraine has with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country and asks: "How long do you think they would last in a fight with Russia?" "Not much," replies Parnas. Last summer, the White House froze the delivery of almost 400 million in military aid to Ukraine, previously approved by Congress, in what, according to impeachment prosecutors, was a mechanism of coercion against Ukraine to force the investigations.
Parnas and Fruman were arrested on October 9 for an alleged crime of illegal campaign financing outside the services they provided for Giuliani in the Ukrainian scandal. Parnas' lawyer, Joseph Bondy, said Saturday that he has delivered the recording "in an effort to provide clarity to the American people and the Senate, for the need to conduct a fair trial, with witnesses and evidence."
According to the Associated Press, the president's oldest son, Donald Trump Junior, also participated in that April 2018 donor meeting; former advisor Johnny DeStefano; Jack Nicklaus III, son of a golf icon and New York real estate developer Stanley Gale, among others. The atmosphere seems relaxed to judge by the comments that are poured. "You already know that Kim Yong-un is a great golfer," he says in a moment, to the laughter of the audience.
On another occasion, he refers to the controversial wall that he wants to build on the border with Mexico and regrets that he cannot do it in concrete, as he wished, since "you have to be able to look through it." Trump also complains that he is not allowed to hold donor meetings at the White House itself. At one point, according to AP, it refers to the world of media. He considers that the magazines are dead, but that cable television is going well, and then warns with laughter that "if one day he loses", television "is dead". "Can you imagine they had a normal candidate?" He jokes.
The cordiality is over. Since the arrest, Parnas has delivered to the Senate voice and written messages, as well as hand-written notes, which account for the pressures on Ukraine. In addition, he has spoken, and much, with the media. “President Trump knew exactly what was happening. I was aware of all my movements. I did nothing without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president, ”Parnas said in an interview on the MSNBC network. Trump has already said, the television business is doing well.