One of Donald Trump and Lev Parnas’ pals just got a knock at the door that is most people’s worst nightmare. The Federal Bureau of Investigation showed up at Robert Hyde’s house after he was implicated in the Ukraine scandal.
— Scott Spencer (@bullriders1) January 16, 2020
Hyde is a congressional candidate out of Connecticut and strong admirer of Donald Trump. He is also pretty chummy with Lev Parnas. Hyde was implicated in the scandal when a “trove” of information released by House Democrats showed his close involvement with the surveillance of former Ukrainian Ambassador and impeachment witness, Marie Yovanovitch.
— Crooks and Liars (@crooksandliars) January 16, 2020
According to CNN:
Text messages show Hyde was involved in efforts to surveil and remove former US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Kiev.
FBI and Manhattan federal prosecutors are examining the role Hyde played regarding Yovanovitch and his relationship to Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, according to a law enforcement official.
Seriously though, for somebody Republicans never met, is there a Republican who DIDN'T have a picture taken with Robert Hyde? https://t.co/EtZooFeHBl
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) January 16, 2020
Just yesterday, Hyde was on CNN being interviewed by Eric Bolling, when Bolling asked him if he had “had eyes on Yovanovitch.” Hyde replied, “Absolutely not.” He continued:
“You meet a bunch of these characters when you’re out there in the fundraising at events and supporting candidates. And you know, we just had some colorful texts, you know, had a few pops way back when.”
NEW: House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel is demanding docs from the State Dept related to the revelation that Lev Parnas & Trump donor Robert Hyde may have been involved in surveilling & threatening the security of then-Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. pic.twitter.com/IHB9ks3XRr
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) January 16, 2020
Check out the very weird text messages from Robert Hyde to Lev Parnas regarding the stalking of Marie Yovanovitch:
These texts from former congressional candidate Robert Hyde to Lev Parnas, about his surveillance of Ambassador Yovanovitch, are incredibly creepy. pic.twitter.com/qerUWh82Hc
— Susan Simpson (@TheViewFromLL2) January 14, 2020
Hyde then went after Lev Parnas’ credibility when he said that Parnas’ implications of him in the Ukraine scandal were “pretty heavy accusations.” He continued with, “it was just colorful — we were playing, I thought we were playing. I didn’t know he was, I didn’t know he was so serious.”
Robert Hyde has drunk so much of the Trump Kool-Aid that he has taken on the form of the Kool-Aid pitcher that bursts through the wall with more Kool-Aid.
And he's NOT a Congressman. He's a MAGA cultist who has been trained by the US military in the use of deadly weapons. pic.twitter.com/4hC6lp4LNn
— Greg Olear (@gregolear) January 15, 2020
Connecticut Republican Party Chair J.R. Romano said this about the debacle:
“It’s not helpful to the President. It’s not helpful to other Republican candidates. And it provides an opportunity for Democrats to raise money. It allows the opposition to label all Republicans with these comments.”
— 🏳️🌈 BOSS CED. (@ifuaskmee) January 16, 2020