Lev Parnas Describes How Trump Struggled To Fire Amb. Yovanovitch | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC


Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, talks with Rachel Maddow in an exclusive interview about the difficulty Donald Trump had getting someone in his administration to fire the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, ultimately adopting a smear campaign to help cover her dismissal. Aired on 01/16/20.
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Lev Parnas Describes How Trump Struggled To Fire Amb. Yovanovitch | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

78 Comments on "Lev Parnas Describes How Trump Struggled To Fire Amb. Yovanovitch | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC"

  1. Thank God in heaven that Marie Yovanovitch is safe. To think that they were thinking of hurting her makes me have so many feelings that I can’t even deal with them all. We absolutely have to realize that we need to work to save our Democracy.

    • @52 80 You simply made that up. If we’re playing that game, I’m the king of Spain.

    • @Don Johnson *”You made that up”*
      No, I don’t have that much imagination. I took from several interview transcripts most notably Yuriy Lutsenko. He explained how Yovanovich came to his office and told him not to investigate the companies w/ open cases. Lutsenko told her they were breaking the law and refused to comply. Soon after he got a call from Poroshenko saying to “slow down'” the inquiries and that “Joe Biden was mad.” (Direct quote) Lutsenko stood his ground and was fired shortly after. Victor Shokin had a very similar story to Lutsenko’s. But in his case $400Mil was on the line and Poroshenko asked Shokin, “quit as a patriotic duty for Ukraine.” So Shokin quit. I’ve been researching this awhile and there’s much more…

  2. Allways high on himself no wonder the magic carpet riders thought it was the moon.

  3. The reason she needs to be smeared is to show her lack of credibility. However she comes across as a very credible witness and life long hardworking ambassador

    • @MrSmokelife I am sorry, but Rudy Giuliani is almost the last person that I find credible. He is able to cpntradict himself within two sentence. There is a video of an interview of him. Question: Did you talk to…..? Then the interview went along. He answered on a question: when I talked to….; Interviewer totally confused replied: but you just said you didn’t talk to him. Rudy: No I didn’t Interviewer: Yes, you did. It was an interview by Chris Cuomo on CNN. It was not pro- or con- Trump if he talked to this person or not. He was just not consistent. His answers were totally unreliable.
      I have heard several interviews of Rudy, where he is just rambling along and not making sense at all.

    • @Okkie Trooy Yeah he needs to be very careful what he says, ESPECIALLY to Coumo, from whom which EVERYTHING he reports is anti-Trump. Meanwhile Giuliani is a legal superhero. You don’t find him credible because “2 sentences”? You would discount his entire honorable career because Jeff Zucker’s ADMITTEDLY 24/7 Anti-Trump network tells you he is not credible? Don’t be their fool bro/sis; He was the last good thing to happen to NY. Now we have this Coumo/Coumo monopoly on your mind by the state and the media, Sons of another governor Coumo, and you wanna tell me “nothing to see here”. Dude… repeat that back to yourself then wake up.

    • @MrSmokelife Sure comrade…

    • @William Esselman Lol 84% support sure… another Russian ffs get something better to do.

  4. Iwe have a mafia in the white house

  5. the truth keeps rolling out and providing shocks when i didn’t think it was possible to be shocked anymore. this explains why trumputin was willing to have a hit put on our ambassador. he can’t take being refused his slightest whim. he was showing his sociopathy and his tinge of psychopathy here.

    • Good thing she didn’t go for a stroll with Trump on 5th avenue.

    • @Ed G absolutely.

    • The hail Mary’s keep rolling out you mean. Maddow is a lame, conspiracy pixie that has lost all credibility.

    • @Bill Blaskey hey, if that childish ‘belief’/wish is all that helps you sleep at night, go for it. i pity you.

    • Tristan Bennett : Do tell?! Just now figuring that out are you? Some not have TDS is probably not paying attention and are blissfully ignorant of all. Some just have souls made of steel, while others have discovered the mute button on their remote.

      What exactly is your point? You think your comment is pithy and on trend? Got anything else? Anything?

  6. So, the reality star who is famous for saying, “You’re Fired!” is too incompetent to fire people in real life? 🤔
    I’ll just file this under: And Water Is Wet. 😆😅

    • William Esselman | January 17, 2020 at 1:54 PM | Reply

      @Annie and man you talked about a coward oh, do you remember that time he took out solemani the terrorist leader? That coward did that without ever worrying about the Optics and what his political enemies would do to him about it. Man, talk about a giant Sissy.

    • William Esselman | January 17, 2020 at 1:58 PM | Reply

      Gosh, golly, gee, what a terrible alpha male he is. What is it now with his bankruptices? Like 9, huh? What terrible business acumen. With 512 businesses that gives him only 98% success. Ugh! That’s absolutely gross.
      Man, that orange guy is really something.

    • William Esselman | January 17, 2020 at 1:59 PM | Reply


      HA HA!!!😄

    • Meanwhile, liberals are too incompetent to understand the concept of delegating responsibility. No wonder they want socialism; they fail to understand business practices.

  7. Pompeo has basically thrown the people within the State Department to the wolves. As the Secretary of State, they are suppose to be able to look to him for leadership, and guidance, but instead, he has betrayed them for his own selfish ambitions, and for the sake of an undeserving con-man and traitor. Pompeo should have his West Point graduation voided and stripped away from him.

    • @antonio camarena no. Why? Because that would be stupid. They have nothing to do with the things Trump* was impeached for.
      You want them as witnesses? Get an investigation or trial that involves them. Still waiting for that investigation to start from the DOJ.

    • @Mind Freshener sources please. And your imagination or conspiracy theory websites don’t count.

    • @del23 aze LMAO 🤣😂😅😃The truth does hurt your little triggered pea brain, doesn’t it?

    • Mind Freshener | January 17, 2020 at 10:19 PM | Reply

      @Darrin Fry OAN EXCLUSIVE: Yuriy Lutsenko says Yovanovitch perjured herself before Congress

  8. The United States is being destroyed from the inside out!

  9. When Trump finally leaves office i hope I don’t hear another word from that ball of slime, don’t want see him on TV don’t want to hear him on a mic just vanish back to the hole you came from

  10. Günter Sambale | January 17, 2020 at 2:17 AM | Reply

    Trump may rally again to find mean and plain people who adore his style of “human management”….

    • Hmm… “Human Management” is the same term I think Bernie wants to use to coin his newly fashioned communist Soviety-style gulags.

  11. Arthur Schnapka | January 17, 2020 at 2:36 AM | Reply

    This guy is no angel he’s corrupt but strangely enough I believe him over Trump. This is where we are.

    • Sverker Petersson | January 17, 2020 at 7:11 PM | Reply

      He seems like a hundred times more intelligent than Trump

    • That may be true but we

    • Trump orders attack… Handziuk, an outspoken critic of graft and political corruption in Kherson, a city in southern Ukraine near Russia-occupied Crimea, was among dozens of activists who human rights groups say have been attacked in the former Soviet republic now at the center of impeachment proceedings. Five men were convicted of carrying out the attack. But Ms. Yovanovitch said on Friday that “those who ordered this have not yet been apprehended

  12. Elaine Johnson | January 17, 2020 at 2:42 AM | Reply

    Without his fake TV show, Trump doesn’t have the guts to fire anyone to their face.

  13. Wait… so basically, he wanted to fire her… but no body would do this because they feared the backlash … so they smeared her in public…. giving Trump an argument to latch on to and fire her. Wow. Just wow. What a bunch of freaking rascals.

    • Thats Danny being himself, delusional and narcissistic

    • Giving Trump an argument to latch onto and fire her? He doesn’t need an argument to fire her, he can fire whoever he wants. And if anything, her own due diligence is what smeared her. She was terrible at her job and was involved in the Ukrainian corruption.

    • Yes basically this pathological liar was too weak to do anything himself, so he went to his goons to do the nasty for him. Then he says he does not know them but the pictures say otherwise. They all over his hotel like cockroaches and the pictures show them together. The best impeachment for trump is to vote him out aling with moscow mitch. Elections do have consequences. Why are the crooks so scared to call witnesses?

    • @Thomas based on….

    • Danish … cowards?

  14. Anita Subramanian | January 17, 2020 at 2:48 AM | Reply

    He asked the receptionist to fire her. I’m dying.

    • He’s scared of strong women. I’m glad Yovanovitch stood her ground.

    • @Carla Thomas Yeah, they do that so people won’t do malicious things with passwords, files and information. Pretty brutal in practice, though.

    • HeisenbergCertainty | January 17, 2020 at 10:09 PM | Reply

      Deanna… McConnell said “I’m not an impartial juror”, and “I am not impartial about this at all”

      You’re right, we all know how McConnell will “decide”

    • Sounds about right. He is still scared to death of strong women. Marie Y, would have told him, I’m not leaving on my own, you want me gone? Fire me and I’ll see you in court.
      You’re a rockstar Marie!
      Standing strong against a loser bully.

  15. We better start ”coaching” this dude asap, the more he talks, the worse it’s gonna get!

  16. Getting someone else to do the firing is just another attempt to keep his hands clean.

  17. The look on his lawyer’s face is priceless. 😂😂😂

  18. This is Exactly how Trump runs his businesses, Don the Con, “Yer the one Fired,! “. And on a global stage, you will go down as the worse President ever in all of US history.. There will be a lot of lectures in ethics classes all over the country about how unethical you are. The world is watching Don the Con, you’re making my country look despicable and world leaders are laughing at us, how embarrassing this is!

  19. Just remember: This was the same woman he smeared on Twitter AS she was testifying.

    • @science wins Oh look, a bunch of moron demoshits who think unelected bureaucrats should be the ones deciding policy over elected presidents.

      They really liked those unelected bureaucrats in the USSR too. lol

    • Trump doesn’t know the job, it’s not like the apprentice he has to tell Pompeo who should know how to replace her through channels, he’s acting like it was the apprentice. It probably wouldn’t have happened without Rudy, but Trump was the one in charge of all the key events of the scheme like the firing and pressure campaign on the Ukraine President.

    • Testifying? You mean crying about getting fired from a job, and given an equal job at another place, because she was terrible at doing her job? She is smeared by her own doing.

  20. Via Roma Bandit | January 17, 2020 at 3:48 AM | Reply

    Talk about “Deep Throat” this guy Is 20,000 leagues of information on those Criminals. Witness stand this guy NOW. 💣

    • Sure, he can join the other thousand useless Democrat witnesses. He can tell us about everything he heard from the pizza delivery guy.

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