Explosive recording appears to show Donald Trump say about ambassador: ‘Take her out’

Lev Parnas and a small group had a private dinner with Trump at his hotel in April 2018.
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Transcript for Explosive recording appears to show Donald Trump say about ambassador: ‘Take her out’
A brand-new face at the president's impeachment trial under way in Washington. And tonight, new developments in a story ABC news was first to report. Tonight audio and now video of president trump at a small L gathering with Rudy Giuliani social lev parnas and others. Parnas recently indicted for campaign finance fraud is someone the president repeatedly denied knowing. On the recording a voice sounding like the president's ordered the removal of ambassador Marie yovanovitch, saying take her out. Sources familiar with the recording say it's from a private dinner at the trump hotel in the spring of 2016. Mr. President. Thank you for being here. Reporter: April 2018, president trump arrives at a private dinner at the trump international hotel. Don junior is there. So is indicted Rudy Giuliani associate lev parnas. And there's the place set for the president. On the tape, a voice identified as parnas can be herd telling trump that the ambassador to Ukraine was badmouths him. Yeah, she's basically walking around telling everybody, wait, he's gonna get impeached. Just wait. Really? Get rid of her. Get her out tomorrow. I don't care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Do it. Reporter: President trump has repeatedly said he doesn't know lev parnas. I don't know him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him. Reporter: But on the tape, they talk in detail about Ukraine. How long would they last in a fight with Russia? Not very long. I don't think very long. Without us, not very long. Were you relying on lev parnas to get rid of your ambassador? No, no. But I have a lot of people. Reporter: Speaking on fox News, the president did not question the authenticity of the tape. Were you telling parnas to get rid of her? You have a state department. Well, I wouldn't have been saying that. I probably would have said, if it was Rudy there or somebody, but I make no bones about it. I won't have ambassadors -- I have every right. I want ambassadors that are chosen by me. I have a right to hire and fire ambassadors. Reporter: The recall of ambassador Marie yovanovitch features prominently in the Democrats' case against the president. How did that make you feel? Terrible, honestly. I mean, after 33 years of service to our country -- it was terrible. It's not the way I wanted my career to end. Reporter: Democrats say she stood in the way of the president's effort to push Ukraine to dig up dirt on the Bidens. This is the kind of despicable conduct that the president engages in. Reporter: The president's allies say he had every right to replace her. An ambassador serves at the pleasure of the president. You know who said that? The ambassador herself. David Wright join us live from the white Hou. There's no evidence of anything illegal on the tape. Which was recorded on the phone by another indicted Giuliani associate. Both men pleaded not guilty to charges, but David, Democrats believe this bolsters their case. Reporter: They do, for two reasons. First, it shows despite his efforts to distance himself, the president did have some firsthand knowledge of the work being done in Ukraine with Giuliani and his associates. Second it suggests there may be material out there that we

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