Corruption

“Take her out”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump himself and his defender have claimed that he does not know Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the two associates of former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani who carried out the regime's various schemes in Ukraine, but ABC News has obtained a recording of Trump speaking to Parnas and Fruman.

The recording, reportedly made by Fruman, captures Trump telling his henchmen to 'take out' former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

"Get rid of her!" is what the voice that appears to be President Trump’s is heard saying. "Get her out tomorrow. I don't care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it."

On the recording, it appears the two Giuliani associates are telling President Trump that the U.S. ambassador has been bad-mouthing him, which leads directly to the apparent remarks by the President. The recording was made by Fruman according to sources familiar with the tape. The White House did not respond to an ABC News request for comment.

Trump was recorded by Fruman at the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office building in Washington, and I know this isn't exactly the point here, but I think this says a lot about just how poor information security is around Trump.

If ABC News has this recording, foreign intelligence services probably already had it. And who knows what else they have? Exactly how many dirty secrets about the Trumps do the Russians and Saudis know?

In any case, Trump commanding these idiotic rent-a-thugs to secretly oust an American ambassador through whatever means necessary would easily support an entirely separate article of impeachment in addition to what he's already facing. We know Giuliani and his lickspittles took Trump's order seriously as they appear to be been stalking the ambassador.

The reason people in Trumpworld wanted Marie Yovanovitch gone is because she was an obstacle to their corruption, not the cause of it.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump was and is concerned about corruption in foreign countries solely because he’s worried he’s not getting a taste.

    Ousting an ambassador for no good reason is hardly surprising for Trump, especially since he’d been told by Rudy Giuliani’s *ahem* associates that she had said less-than-flattering things about him. That he did so in the manner of an inarticulate small-time mob boss is even less surprising.

    Exactly how many dirty secrets about the Trumps do the Russians and Saudis know?

    All of them.

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      That he did so in the manner of an inarticulate small-time mob boss is even less surprising.

      Seriously. If he wanted an ambassador gone, as President, he could just fire them. Instantly.

      But, being Trump, he has to rant and approach it like some small-time hood.

      And, being Trump, pass the task of actually getting rid of (firing) someone of to someone else because he’s too much of a coward to do it.

      • katanahamon

        Plus he gets off on the commanding someone else to do his bidding. He wants the feedback loop of knowing someone else is supporting him by doing his bidding. It validates his insane orders..in his mind. If he can find willing sycophants to do what he says, well, the orders must be justified, right?

  • fry1laurie

    A RICO conviction is just as good as impeachment removal. Let’s do it people!

  • katanahamon

    Well, you know, it’s not like Rump has shot anybody..oh..wait.. Yeah, I seem to remember him blowing up a sovereign foreign official, apparently with no real evidence, resulting in retaliation that caused many traumatic brain injuries to our troops, dismissed of course as “just headaches” by Rump. When will the dopes in the Right wing wake the F up? Forget impeachment, murder charges are more appropriate. If they acquit, we should immediately impeach again, with all new articles. Bastards..