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February 29, 2020

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Connecticut congressional candidate Robert Hyde's campaign Twitter account.
Connecticut congressional candidate Robert Hyde's campaign Twitter account. Photo Credit: @rfhyde1

New Impeachment Evidence Drags Connecticut Congressional Candidate Into Trump Trial

New evidence released by the House of Representatives has pulled a Connecticut congressional candidate into President Trump's impeachment trial.

Republican Robert Finley Hyde, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes, a Democrat, in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, contacted an associate of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, about efforts to oust the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, according to the documents released on Tuesday, Jan. 14 by the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Reform committees.

On Wednesday, Hyde told Daily Voice: "I have provided extensive comments on this matter which will be made publicly available at 7 PM this evening. I will have no further comment until then."

WhatsApp text messages indicate that Hyde communicated with Giuliani associate Lev Parnas about former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

“Wow. Can’t believe Trumo (sic) hasn’t fired this bitch. I’ll get right in that,” Hyde texted to Parnas, according to the March 2019 documents released by the House committees.

Hyde also suggested that Yovanovitch worked for Westchester, NY, billionaire George Soros and that her movements were being monitored, texting Parnas, "If you want her out, they need to make contact with security forces. They know she's a political puppet. They will let me know when she’s on the move," referring to her private security detail. "They are willing to help if you/we would like a price. . . Guess you can do anything in Ukraine with money. . .what I was told."

"They are moving her tomorrow,” Hyde wrote to Parnas, who was indicted on campaign finance charges last fall. “The guys over they (sic) asked me what I would like to do and what is in it for them. Wake up Yankees man. She's talked to three people. Her phone is off. Computer is off. She's next to the embassy. Not in the embassy. Private security. Been there since Thursday."

On Hyde's campaign Twitter site there was this post on Wednesday, Jan. 15: "Great stories and accusations. Thank you for your kind words and support comrade Bull schiffelei. Please consider making a contribution to my campaign."

But in this exchange with The Hill, Hyde pooh-poohed documents released by Democratic House committee chairmen.

“What Bull Schiff? Adam Schiffhead is a poor losing (expletive). Trump 2020,” Hyde wrote in a text to The Hill, referring to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-California.

Hyde, a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War, Republican donor, lobbyist and business owner, is running against four other Republicans in a spring primary election to face Hayes in November.

Hyde's LinkedIn account says he runs a Washington-based government relations firm, Finley Hyde & Associates.

Hyde's Facebook, Instagram and website pages feature photos of him with Trump and other Republicans, including Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, convicted felon Roger Stone and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. 

A financial disclosure form that Hyde filed as a congressional candidate states that he did public relations work for a Trump donor from China—whom he reportedly introduced Trump to at Mar-a-Lago.

Reached by Mother Jones after the texts were released on Tuesday, Hyde would not explain the messages or his connection to Parnas.

According to NBC News reporter Josh Lederman, Hyde told him via tweet that he had been drinking with a buddy when the texts about Yovanovitch were sent.

Further, per multiple media reports, Yovanovitch has called for an investigation of whether her movements in Ukraine were monitored.

Hyde's campaign web site says: "Robert Hyde is an ardent supporter of our duly elected president, President Trump, and his agenda of renewing American Greatness. Robert believes the residents of northwestern Connecticut in the Fifth District deserve better than their current—and past—leadership. There is no one better than Robert Hyde to represent CT-5."

Congresswoman Hayes won her first term in 2018 by more than 11 percentage points.

Hyde, 40, was urged by GOP legislative leaders to drop out of the race for Congress after posting an offensive tweet with sexual innuendo about California Sen. Kamala Harris last month, after her decision to drop out of the presidential race. Earlier news coverage of other Hyde-related incidents can be found by clicking here.

Hartford Courant news coverage about Simsbury police seizing multiple weapons from Hyde's Connecticut home last June can be found by clicking here. 

Police officers seized three rifles, two shotguns, a flare launcher, and more than 800 rounds of ammunition from Hyde’s home in Weatogue, according to a Simsbury police report.

Connecticut Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano issued this comment on Twitter on Wednesday: "I have asked Rob Hyde to end his bid for Congress. His campaign is a distraction for the Democrats to raise money and falsely label all Republicans with his antics. In my view he is not helping other Republican candidates or @realDonaldTrump win. #ctpolitics"

Hyde tweeted this reply to Romano: 

“JR RINO should resign from the @CTGOP ASAP. Never did anything but rig elections including his own and was a staunch advocate against @realDonaldTrump and still is.”

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, a Connecticut Democrat, reacted: "The President of the United States has refused to make anything available to Congressional investigators. Why? Because every email, phone call and document that comes out is deeply incriminating to the President."

The House voted Wednesday to send the two articles of impeachment to the Senate, where a trial is to begin next week.

A televised interview with Lev Parnas, meanwhile, was set to air on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow show on Wednesday night, telling her "President Trump "knew exactly what was going on. . . He lied," according to NBC News and this report.