Parnas says he told Trump Yovanovitch was badmouthing him. Trump turned to aide and said 'fire her'

Lev Parnas, an associate to President TrumpDonald John TrumpAdvisor: Sanders could beat Trump in Texas Bloomberg rips Sanders over Castro comments What coronavirus teaches us for preventing the next big bio threat MORE's personal lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn Former US ambassador Yovanovitch lands a book deal: report Kerry responds to Trump accusation he violated Logan Act: 'Another presidential lie' MORE, said Thursday in an interview that Trump ordered the firing of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchPresident Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks Former US ambassador Yovanovitch lands a book deal: report The Hill's review of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine MORE after Parnas informed the president Yovanovitch was "bad-mouthing" Trump.

In an interview with CNN, Parnas revealed that during a conversation in at Trump's Washington, D.C., hotel, Trump was informed by Parnas that Yovanovitch had told others that Trump would be impeached, causing the president to react angrily.

"In the conversation, the subject of Ukraine was brought up. And I told the President that our opinion that [Yovanovitch] is badmouthing him, and that she said that he's gonna get impeached, something like that. I don't know if that's word for word," Parnas said.


"[H]is reaction was, he looked at me, like, got very angry, and basically turned around to [former White House aide] John DeStefano, and said, 'Fire her. Get rid of her,'" he continued.

The conversation allegedly occurred last spring, shortly before Yovanovitch was ousted from her position as ambassador to Ukraine. In an interview with MSNBC Wednesday night, Parnas explained that the only reason for her ouster was her opposition to the president and his efforts to convince Ukraine's president to launch a criminal investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden faces do-or-die primary in South Carolina Democrats view Sanders as having best shot to defeat Trump: poll Karl Rove: 'Long way to go' for Sanders to capture nomination: 'The field is splintered' MORE (D).

Yovanovitch called for an investigation earlier this week after three House committees released evidence submitted to the Senate for the upcoming impeachment trial that suggested her movements were being monitored in Ukraine before her firing.

“Needless to say, the notion that American citizens and others were monitoring Ambassador Yovanovitch’s movements for unknown purposes is disturbing,” her attorney said in a statement obtained by The Hill. “We trust that the appropriate authorities will conduct an investigation to determine what happened."