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Tape surfaces of Trump calling for U.S. ambassador to Ukraine to be fired

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Halfway through the recording, after one of the participants suggests Yovanovitch is a problem, Trump's voice can be heard saying "Get rid of her! Get her out tomorrow. I don't care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it."

Just so weird how this stuff happens. Looks like the decision was made with the help of Parnas, a Rudy partner who is currently under indictment.

Too bad for the diplomat. Trump has the right to fire her but naturally he looks like a low-class loser doing it, plus a backstabber to all the diplomats of the United States. Pompeo is castrated so he will stay silent.

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Nothing illegal about removing an ambassador. Especially after you are told she is badmouthing you to foreign country leaders.

when was she fired? Like a year later.

referring to the April 30, 2018 dinner.

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At last the long-anticipated Alexander Butterfield moment has arrived as Lev Parnas writes himself a place in US history. Spasibo bol'shoe!

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Blacklabel:. Nothing illegal about removing an ambassador.

It's completely illegal to fire an ambassador. Everyone is saying it.

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Ambassadors serve at the pleasure of the President. not illegal at all.

So 83 mins when Trump didn’t know he was being recorded. Any crimes or even anything inappropriate discussed?

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Marie Yovanovitch has publically stated that she could not bring herself to walk on the sidewalk in front of a Trump hotel. Anyone who suggests that such a person should have remained as a U.S. ambassador has some serious credibility issues of their own.

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Take her out. Okay? Do it.

That's not how a president orders the firing of a subordinate.

It's how a gang boss orders a hit on a rival or enemy.

Add it to his unwarranted assassination of Soleimani (not because of any 'imminent danger' - it was planned months in advance) without the prior approval of Congress, which amounts to a war crime, and his gleeful, 3-grader description of the hit on al-Baghdadi, and you have more than enough not just to kick this thug out of the White House, but to send him to the Big House.

Any American still supporting this piece of scum needs to check their meds and maybe seek counselling.

Invalid CSRF

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SuperLib - It's completely illegal to fire an ambassador. Everyone is saying it.

"Everyone"? Have you verified this with everyone?

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"It is yet another example of Mr. Parnas' version of events being corroborated by evidence in the form of recordings, emails, text messages."

It sure is another example of Donny lying!! But with GOP standards at what they are, it shouldn’t concern them one bit.

Parnas is turning out to be one smart cookie, I bet there is more to come....

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"Everyone"? Have you verified this with everyone?

Yes, we have. The Deep State has been working overtime verifying this with everyone.

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giving the order to remove the U.S ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, according to a video that surfaced on Saturday.

So what? The president can appoint and fire ambassadors. And Yovanovitch was a Podovski leftover. She should have been fired. Just what is the wrongdoing here?

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"I don't know Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken, which I do with thousands of people. I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't know where he comes from, know nothing about him."

That aged well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn8Lbw2akM0

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Trump denied it, just another lie.

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The Trumpers here have labeled Parnas and Furman "lying rats"....

Guess who the lying rats were having a cozy, intimate dinner with - the guy who said he never met them!

If Parnas and Furman are lying rates, then they must keep similar company; just look at all the pics, videos, and tapes with Donnie, Pence, Pompeo, Don Jr, Eric, Ivanka....

They've certainly been arrested...and their boss, Crazy Rudy, is under federal investigation...

Birds of a feather flock together?

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fatboy - exactly.

Straight up, in your face, pathological lies told as to his relationship with Parnas.

These are facts. Not biased slants.

It's not just about whether he can or can not fire the ambassador - after mixing it with his questionable buddies he doesn't know - it's about another blurt of untruths.

I know his fans either don't see this - duh - or do and just chuckle, but there is no escaping the fact, Trump's consistent lying just destroys his own credibility.

I mean lie once, spin the truth twice, stretch the facts a little - but the non-stop uttering of bs for so long just wears thin.

The boy who cried wolf has got nothing on Trump.

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If I recall watching on a PBS series on US Presidents, wasn't it a recording of an ordered FBI cover-up that brought Nixon down?

Trump is 100,000 times worse than Nixon (or Clinton) ever were, and in combination.

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Ambassadors serve at the pleasure of the President. not illegal at all. 

So 83 mins when Trump didn’t know he was being recorded. Any crimes or even anything inappropriate discussed?

Once again we have a nothing burger and liberals are fishing for something that’s not there and not only do these people serve at the pleasure of the President, he has every right to hire and fire anyone he wants, it’s that simple and if the people around him don’t like it, resign.

Anyway, just a few more weeks until this farce is over with.

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"I don't know Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken, which I do with thousands of people. I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't know where he comes from, know nothing about him."

Vintage Trump.

His supporters do not care.

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liberals are fishing for something that’s not there

How do you know it's not there if you haven't seen it?

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How long did President Trump host "The Apprentice" of which many of you readers watched at some point just to hear "Your Fired" from the Don...hmmm. could be habit. She deserved to be fired, if I was in his position I would have fired her too.

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How do you know it's not there if you haven't seen it?

I just find it ironic that now Parnas is getting ready to get locked up he now wants to save his skin he does this, another Michael Cohen. Sheeesh...

Trump is 100,000 times worse than Nixon (or Clinton) ever were, and in combination

Not even close. Trump made a stupid phone call, Nixon ordered the illegal breaking in of the DNP and confiscating files. Yeah, even the liberals didn’t make that comparison and as much as I dislike Schiff, he definitely is a cunning prosecutor and if he wouldn’t bring that up....

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Is there anything on the tape that is criminal or not within the power of the President ti do?

nope.

So I guess you have to hope good ole Joe wins and puts all your liberal heroes back in their jobs that meanie trump fired them from.

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Trump is a dictator! is said by Nadler.

the guy cant even fire an ambassador without someone surreptitiously recording him and leaking it. Can’t even fire a deputy fbi director who lied to the FBI multiple times. Every minor thing he does is questioned, constant leaks, coordinated whistleblowers.

if he were a dictator, all these people would be wiped from existence. Not writing books and getting CNN contracts.

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blacklabel: Is there anything on the tape that is criminal or not within the power of the President ti do?

As many people have pointed out on the Left, it's NOT within the power of the president to do this.

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As many people have pointed out on the Left, it's NOT within the power of the president to do this.

As many times as the RIGHT has pointed out, yes, it is. What gets me is, why is that Vindman still working for the WH? Strange......

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Trump made a stupid phone call,

In which he asked for illegal assistance for his re-election-election campaign.

Nixon ordered the illegal breaking in of the DNP and confiscating files. 

No, he didn’t. Cursory research. Smh.

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As many times as the RIGHT has pointed out, yes, it is. 

No, it isn’t.

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From The NY Times article: “The recording does not appear to introduce substantive new information about the effort to oust Ms. Yovanovitch.”

darn. Another dud.

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Vindman is somehow to not be criticized in any way. CNN expects the military to protect him from any form of “retaliation”, to include anyone tweeting about him.

his boss said noting wrong with the call. The only reason Vindman get this protection from even tweets is everyone knows he not only knows who the whistleblower is but likely leaked the call to Eric.

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So what was mentioned on the tape that was illegal or even not allowed?

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In which he asked for illegal assistance for his re-election-election campaign.

Ok and? May not have been the right thing to do, but to remove the President? Nope..smh...

No, it isn’t.

Then you haven’t been really paying attention to the TV, but then again, it’s all boring, no one was listening to the Dems drone on, so I get it.....

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his boss said noting wrong with the call.

His boss was the National Security Adviser, John Bolton, and multiple people have described him saying that the entire QPQ shakedown was a "drug deal". Can't wait for him to expound on that...

The only reason Vindman get this protection from even tweets is everyone knows he not only knows who the whistleblower is but likely leaked the call to Eric.

Maybe....likely.....could be.....have any more fairy tales? The guy served his country and was wounded in battle, yet some Repubs want to question his patriotism. And these same Repubs never put on a uniform and most got their Daddy's to pull strings so they wouldn't have to. Then some had fake bone spurs...

I'll put the impeachment score so far in terms Dimwit Donnie can understand, even in his advanced dementia;

The Schiff show had record ratings and won an Emmy for best factual documentary....

The Dimwit Show had negative ratings and won a Razzie for worst fantasy/drama - heavy on the fantasy and drama...

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Ok and? May not have been the right thing to do, but to remove the President? Nope..smh

Yeah, never mind that the president corrupted the office.

Then you haven’t been really paying attention to the TV, but then again, it’s all boring, no one was listening to the Dems drone on, so I get it.....

I don’t watch TV.

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By the way, we still haven’t seen a full transcript of the call.

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The Schiff show had record ratings and won an Emmy for best factual documentary....

By which network? Let me guess...PBS....CNN....no, msnbc.....

Yeah, never mind that the president corrupted the office.

If he did, he would be on his way out for sure.

By the way, we still haven’t seen a full transcript of the call.

Ok and then?

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Vindmans boss is Lt General Kellogg.

who outranks Lt Colonel Vindman.

but we know you can’t help to repeat the supposed Bolton story again. Too bad he won’t be telling it unless you buy his book next year.

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I’m nice. I don’t present unproven things as fact. Schiff on the other hand claimed “head on a pike” was true, then said it might not be true, then simply hopes it isn’t true but doesn’t know.

I want Vindman as a witness too. We never got to ask him who he told (leaked) about the call because a Schiff blocked it. He said he told others about the call. So it’s likely not a fairy tale that he leaked to Eric.

Maybe....likely.....could be.....have any more fairy tales?

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By the way, we still haven’t seen a full transcript of the call.

Ok and then?

Do you think people should see a full transcript of the call?

Smh, ROFL, what?

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Do you think people should see a full transcript of the call?

Sure and then what?

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Vindmans boss is Lt General Kellogg.

who outranks Lt Colonel Vindman.

Wrong. All the 4-star service Chiefs outrank him too - but Vindmann doesn't work for them.

*The National Security Advisor participates in meetings of the National Security Council (NSC) and usually chairs meetings of the Principals Committee of the NSC with the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense (the meetings not attended by the President). *The National Security Advisor is supported by NSC staff who produce research and briefings for the National Security Advisor to review and present, either to the National Security Council or directly to the President.

*The Principals Committee of the National Security Council is the Cabinet-level senior interagency forum for consideration of national security policy issues. *The Principals Committee is convened and chaired by the National Security Advisor. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_SecurityAdvisor(United_States)

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It is almost spooky that all these things the democrats accuse orangeman to have done are actually things that they are ON RECORD for having done.

https://www.subpoenabiden.com/

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Well, well - after the audio tape was released yesterday, today the whole 90 minute VIDEO is released also...

Now we can not only hear, but we can see Donnie making nice and backslapping those two "lying rats"...

https://www.yahoo.com/news/full-video-released-showing-trump-032215577.html

You know, those lying rats he claimed he'd never met before? Donnie, paling around with more shady characters...

I'll bet a buck that within the next week, Donnie is going to be saying; "Giuliani who? Never met him".....

What a Loser...

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You didn’t “see” anything.

“The video from April 2018 lasts 83 minutes and most of it shows no images of the participants as the camera was pointed at the ceiling.”

Now we can not only hear, but we can see Donnie making nice and backslapping those two "lying rats"...

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Vindman gets a Purple Heart and liberals are insane with respect. His superior officer who was on the call:

General Kellogg is a decorated veteran of the United States Army, having served from 1967 to 2003, including two tours during the Vietnam War, where he earned the Silver Star, the Bronze Star with “V” device, and the Air Medal with “V” device. He served as the Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1997 to 1998.

says nothing wrong with the call, you still side with partisan Vindman. Why?

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I can't wait for Parnas to drop more Donny tapes. What do you think those will say? Hmmmm :D

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Now we can not only hear, but we can see Donnie making nice and backslapping those two "lying rats"...

Good, get rid of them, she’s having him as well as others including a few FNC news pundits looked at, he doesn’t need to take that crap, she’s so sneaky.

You know, those lying rats he claimed he'd never met before? Donnie, paling around with more shady characters...

Dunno, the whistleblower seems like a shady shadowy character to me.

I'll bet a buck that within the next week, Donnie is going to be saying; "Giuliani who? Never met him".....

If the farce is not wrapped up by then.

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I can't wait for Parnas to drop more Donny tapes. What do you think those will say? Hmmmm :D

Doesn't really matter at this point.

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Doesn't really matter at this point.

How would you know?

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there was nothing on this tape. So why would we care about others.

with liberals it’s never what we have evidence of or what Trump has done.

its always what he is “going to do” (start WW3, will refuse to leave WH ever) or what you claim will he released in the future (wait for the next Parnas tape-that’s the one!)

but it never happens or is a dud. Like this tape.

Eric Swallwell is on Twitter right now asking anyone with evidence against trump to release it. But Dems already have Overwhelming evidence, right??

anyway 2 more days of our turn then acquittal. Then you can start re-impeachment I’m sure Nancy has leftover pens.

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You didn’t “see” anything.

“The video from April 2018 lasts 83 minutes and most of it shows no images of the participants as the camera was pointed at the ceiling.”

Trumpers telling others what they can and can't see....I saw a bunch of rats at a meeting - with Donnie being head rat...you know, when he said he didn't know them...

Now we can not only hear, but we can see Donnie making nice and backslapping those two "lying rats"...

Good, get rid of them, she’s having him as well as others including a few FNC news pundits looked at, he doesn’t need to take that crap, she’s so sneaky.

Newsflash - Rudy's two business partners, the two lying rats yucking it up with Donnie at Trump Tower, are UNDER ARREST - not Yovanovich.

You know, those lying rats he claimed he'd never met before? Donnie, paling around with more shady characters...

Dunno, the whistleblower seems like a shady shadowy character to me.

Donnie next month: Pence, Pompeo, Mulvaney? Never heard of them... Wonder if they'l be lying rats too...

I'll bet a buck that within the next week, Donnie is going to be saying; "Giuliani who? Never met him".....

If the farce is not wrapped up by then.

Thanks for agreeing with me...

Vindman gets a Purple Heart and liberals are insane with respect. His superior officer who was on the call:

No apology for the incorrect post on Bolton, who oversees the NSC? Somehow I expected that...

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Total trash from Trump on Twitter:

“Our case against lyin’, cheatin’, liddle’ Adam “Shifty” Schiff, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer, Nervous Nancy Pelosi, their leader, dumb as a rock AOC, & the entire Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrat Party, starts today at 10:00 A.M. on @FoxNews, @OANN or Fake News @CNN or Fake News MSDNC!”

Pathetic.

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there was nothing on this tape. So why would we care about others.

Nope. Just Donny caught in yet another lie. Of course he knew Parson. But this is normal for Donny, innit?!

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Nope. Just Donny caught in yet another lie.

I’m just surprised nobody has come along yet to tell us it’s a New York thing.

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WilliB: So what? The president can appoint and fire ambassadors.

Not true at all. Completely illegal what Trump did.

Oh, wait, the issue is that he fired her since she got in the way of Trump abusing his power to have a political rival investigated. That's what I meant to say this whole time.

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How would you know?

Easy, he won’t be convicted or removed, take that to the bank.

Donnie next month: Pence, Pompeo, Mulvaney? Never heard of them... Wonder if they'l be lying rats too...

Or Joe and Hunter and the Whistleblower as well.

Thanks for agreeing with me...

That this farce is over with soon, sure.

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bass: Whistleblower as well.

Huh? The whistleblower is a liar? A half dozen diplomats and Mulvaney corroborated the whistleblower's complaint. Not to mention it was deemed credible and relevant.

What are they telling you in the bubble?

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