As part of their incessant effort to smear Donald Trump, Democrats and the media have latched on to the latest “We’ve got him now!” supposed bombshell report linked to the Ukraine impeachment controversy that insinuates some sort of unspecified, yet allegedly improper behavior by the president.
According to ABC News and unnamed “sources familiar” with the matter, it was reported that a secret audio recording exists from 2018 of President Trump instructing somebody to fire the then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
What those pushing this story utterly fail to realize — or they purposely ignore — is that the president can fire any ambassador for any or no reason at all. Furthermore, the alleged instruction to initiate this firing occurred in 2018, something which substantially undermines the Democrat argument that Yovanovitch’s recall in 2019 was part and parcel of Trump’s alleged pressure campaign on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
The secret recording
According to the ABC report, the recording — which may very well be illegal in and of itself — was purportedly made during a private dinner at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. on April 30, 2018 and included an alleged conversation between the president and two Ukrainian-born associates of Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, namely, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. Both of those men have since been indicted on separate and unrelated campaign finance violations.
It is alleged that in the secret recording both Parnas and Fruman can be heard informing Trump about what an undesirable character Yovanovitch was and how she was bad-mouthing him in Ukraine and working to undermine his agenda through her position as ambassador.
“Get rid of her!” Trump is alleged to have replied, though it is unclear to whom that supposed instruction was aimed. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. OK? Do it.”
The problem, however, is that Yovanovitch wasn’t actually recalled from her post until roughly a year later, not that the timing even matters, because as White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham made clear in a statement, “Every president in our history has had the right to place people who support his agenda and his policies within his Administration.”
In other words, this has all the hallmarks of yet another dud “bombshell” — based on potentially illegal secret recordings and anonymous sources — that has been blown out of proportion by Democrats and the media and will end up being proven as meaningless over time.
Giuliani hints at “shocking” new discovery
Meanwhile, Fox News reported that Giuliani, during an appearance on Fox & Friends on Friday, issued a sort of teaser ahead of the public release of what he described as “shocking new crimes” that he uncovered in Ukraine that implicate prominent Democrat politicians, including Biden.
Giuliani vowed, “I’m going to present over the next two to three weeks shocking crimes at the highest levels of government while the Senate is listening to a totally phony group of stories about non-impeachable offenses.”
Ready to do Fox and Friends and give them some new evidence about the extent of Dem corruption. Look for link on Twitter at or about noon today.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) January 24, 2020
The president’s attorney hinted at some of what he had discovered related to “bribes” involving Biden, his son Hunter, and Hunter’s lucrative position on the board of a corrupt Ukrainian energy firm known as Burisma Holdings. Giuliani asserted that Hunter only received that position in exchange for Joe Biden’s help in preventing Burisma from being investigated by a Ukrainian prosecutor about whom the former vice president later bragged about getting fired.
Giuliani has been talking for some time now about evidence he says he has uncovered of wrongdoing in Ukraine that would have justified President Trump’s request for investigations into the Bidens. It appears that now — right in the middle of the impeachment trial centered on that very request — would be as good a time as any for Giuliani to start releasing what he claims to possess.