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Igor Fruman arrives at federal court for an arraignment hearing on October 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
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January 24, 2020 1:09 p.m.

News is out this morning that there’s a tape recording of President Trump ordering the firing of Marie Yovanovitch. On its face this doesn’t tell us dramatically more than we already know. The April 2018 dinner in question, where Lev Parnas and his business partner Igor Fruman met the President, has been reported on extensively. Even the gist of the conversation has been reported.

Obviously the existence of a tape adds some punch and drama. But that’s not the real significance.

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