5 Things to Know About Robert Hyde, Congressional Candidate in Lev Parnas Documents

Documents released Tuesday as evidence for President Donald Trump's impending impeachment trial showed congressional candidate Robert Hyde discussed surveilling former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch with Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Hyde is running for Congress in Connecticut's 5th congressional district. He often posts photos with noteworthy Republicans on his Twitter account and has made large contributions to Republicans and Trump.

Here are five things to know about Hyde.

Texts to Parnas

Before being recalled as the Ukraine ambassador, Hyde sent vague text messages about Yovanovitch and her whereabouts. The documents show a series of messages sent on WhatsApp from Hyde to Parnas, alluding to removing Yovanovotich from her post.

"They are willing to help if we/you would like a price," he wrote in a message according to the documents. "Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money...what I was told." While the 'they' Hyde referring to in the message is unclear, other texts suggest that he was watching Yovanovitch.

Four days later, he texted Parnas that it was "confirmed we have a person inside."

Other texts from Hyde provided Parnas with updates on Yovanovitch's daily activities, including when she had visitors or was under protection. In another text, Hyde said that he had contacts that did not want to raise suspicions. "Update she will not be moved special security unit upgraded force on the compound people are already aware of the situation my contacts are asking what is the next step because they cannot keep going to check people will start to ask questions [sic]," Hyde wrote. "If you want her out they need to make contact with security forces," he continued.

Following the release of the documents, CNN asked Hyde if he was offering to harm Yovanovitch, he wrote "No effing way" in a text message.

Via a tweet, Hyde also denied that he was monitoring Yovanovitch.

"How low can liddle [sic] Adam Bull Schiff go?" he wrote. "I was never in Kiev. For them to take some texts my buddy's and I wrote back to some dweeb we were playing with that we met a few times while we had a few drinks is definitely laughable. Schiff is a desperate turd playing with this Lev guy."

CT Insider shared photos of Hyde with Parnas in Florida in November.

Congressional Candidate

Hyde is one of five Republicans running against Democratic incumbent Jahana Hayes to represent Connecticut's 5th congressional district. Hyde's campaign website notes that he "is an ardent support [sic] of our duly elected president, President Trump, and his agenda of renewing American Greatness."

According to his Linked In profile, Hyde is the president of Finley Hyde and Associates, a public relations and government relations agency.

His campaign site also states his commitment to jobs and Connecticut's economy, as well as supporting veterans, the military and the First and Second Amendment rights.

Hyde's Twitter account and company website include photos with prominent Republicans including Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Ted Cruz and more.

Mass Donations to Republican Candidates Over Child Support

In December 2019, the Hartford Courant reported that Hyde had donated over $56,000 to political campaigns since October 2016. Hyde donated at least $2000 to Trump's re-election campaign and at least $750 to the Connecticut Republican Party.

Despite these large donations, in November a family support magistrate in Torrington, Connecticut, ordered Hyde to pay $94 per week to make up for $2,100 he owed in child support to his 13-year-old son's mother.

Taken Into Custody at a Trump Resort

According to Mother Jones, Doral, Florida police responded to a call at Trump National Doral Miami after Hyde reported "fearing for his life" and said "that a hit man was out to get him."

Mother Jones reported that Hyde was transported under the Baker/Marchman Act to a redacted location for further evaluation. The two Florida laws allow involuntary holds for individuals who might harm themselves or be a harm to others. The Baker Act relates to individuals with mental health issues, while the Marchman Act relates to those with substance abuse problems.

The hold can last for up to 72 hours.

Obscene Tweets about Kamala Harris

In December, Hyde wrote a tweet that was criticized as obscene, when California Senator Kamala Harris dropped out of the presidential race. "She went down, brought to her knees," he wrote. "Blew it. Must be a hard one to swallow... #KamalaHarris #heels up."

While his comments drew ire on both sides of the aisle, the Connecticut Republican Party went so far as to refund his donations. "The CT GOP is refunding donations provided by Mr. Rob Hyde in light of his vile comments on Twitter," the organization wrote on their Twitter account.

Hyde's campaign did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

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Robert Hyde shared a photo of himself posing with President Donald Trump to his Twitter on January 3. Screenshot/Twitter
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