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Parnas says he has turned over tape of Trump calling for diplomat's firing

Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiKrebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Trump campaign loses appeal over Pennsylvania race Krebs: I'm 'most upset' I didn't get to say goodbye to my team MORE who is at the center of Congress’ impeachment proceedings, said Friday he had given congressional Democrats a 2018 recording of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report MORE discussing the dismissal of then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchWhy it's time for a majority female Cabinet Giuliani associate Correia pleads guilty to making false statements Teenager who filmed George Floyd's death to be honored MORE.

Parnas worked closely with Giuliani to further Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political rivals. Trump and his associates are known to have viewed Yovanovitch, who was a career official at the State Department and an anti-corruption crusader, as an impediment to their efforts.

Parnas located the clip after it was first reported by ABC News Friday, his attorney, Joseph Bondy, told The New York Times.

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Bondy said it “is of high materiality to the impeachment inquiry” of Trump, the case for which House Democrats are presenting in the Senate. He added that the tape had been provided to the House Intelligence Committee whose chairman, Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Trump pardons Flynn | Lawmakers lash out at decision | Pentagon nixes Thanksgiving dining hall meals due to COVID-19 Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn Trump pardons Michael Flynn MORE, is leading Democrats’ case for a conviction in the Senate.

The recording, according to ABC News, appears to capture Trump speaking about Yovanovitch to Parnas and Igor Fruman, another Giuliani associate. 

"Get rid of her!" a voice that appears to be Trump's reportedly says. "Get her out tomorrow. I don't care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. OK? Do it."

The comment comes after Parnas and Fruman appear to speak negatively about Yovanovitch, whom Trump ultimately recalled as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine in April 2019. 

The White House did not deny ABC’s reporting, but emphasized that Trump has the right to surround himself with supporters.

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“Every President in our history has had the right to place people who support his agenda and his policies within his Administration,” White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamTrumps to spend Thanksgiving at White House instead of traveling to Florida Melania Trump cancels campaign appearance over 'lingering cough' The Memo: Trump grapples with credibility gap in crisis MORE said in an emailed statement. 

Former officials who testified in the House’s impeachment investigation told lawmakers that Yovanovitch was subject to a smear campaign from Giuliani and his associates that directly led to her firing. 

Democrats are in a pitched battle with Senate Republicans to try to get new witness testimony and other evidence admitted to the impeachment trial, with some suggesting the tape’s release bolsters their cause.