The lawyer for Lev Parnas instructed CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Saturday that there are different recordings of his consumer and President Donald Trump.
Joseph Bondy revealed the existence of different tapes simply hours after he launched a video of the president giving the order to “get rid of” then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
“Are there more recordings that Lev Parnas has? With the president?” Cooper requested Bondy.
“Yes,” Bondy replied.
“Do you plan to release those?” Cooper requested.
“Perhaps,” mentioned Bondy, who added that recordings have already been offered to officers of the House Intelligence Committee. He mentioned the video launched Saturday “certainly addresses the issue of the ambassador, and we thought it was really important to get that recording out in public.”
Bondy mentioned if Parnas and different witnesses are usually not known as to testify about what they know occurred in Ukraine, the Trump impeachment trial within the Senate might be “like a silent movie or a puppet show.”
The practically 90-minute video launched by Bondy includes a 2018 donor dinner together with Trump, Parnas, his Ukrainian enterprise associate Igor Fruman and what appears like a number of different folks in a personal room within the Trump International Hotel in Washington.
“Get rid of her!” Trump might be heard saying about Yovanovitch at one level after Parnas criticizes her. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Do it.”
Bondy mentioned Parnas was “shocked” that he might merely “raise the issue of the ambassador and have the chief executive say, ‘Get rid of her and fire her,’” Bondy instructed Cooper.
Parnas, who has been indicted together with fellow Florida businessman Fruman for alleged marketing campaign finance violations, has admitted he tried to strong-arm Ukrainian officers into launching an investigation into unfounded accusations in opposition to former Vice President Joe Biden to assist Trump smear a prime political rival. Parnas mentioned he was following the president’s needs, communicated to him by Parnas enterprise affiliate and Trump private legal professional Rudy Giuliani. Yovanovitch apparently wanted to go so the lads can be free to hold out their scheme.
Trump has denied understanding Parnas, nevertheless it’s clear the lads had various conversations on the recorded dinner.
Parnas has turned over a trove of paperwork, together with textual content messages, to the U.S. House supporting his claims. He insists that “everybody” — together with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence — “was in the loop” on the Ukraine scheme.
Bondy instructed Cooper: “You wouldn’t expect diplomacy to be conducted that way,” utilizing Parnas and Fruman — “guys with no security clearance and no diplomacy expertise, and who have no background in politics. It makes no sense.”
Parnas has expressed his willingness to testify on the Senate impeachment trial, though it stays unsure whether or not any witnesses might be known as.
Check out the remainder of Bondy’s interview within the video clip above.
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