Robert Hyde, the last figure to emerge in Ukraine scandal

Text messages show that Hyde participated in efforts to monitor and remove former US ambassador Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Kiev.

Hyde calls himself an “ardent” supporter of President Donald Trump and has donated $ 25,000 to Trump’s inaugural committee, according to records published by Open Secrets. He has also delivered more than $ 30,000 to the Trump campaign and other Republican political groups, according to federal records.

Hyde’s social media posts are full of pictures of him with Rudy Giuliani’s associate, Lev Parnas, Trump and the president’s close allies.

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In a photo published by the Connecticut Post, Hyde posed for a selfie with Trump on April 21, 2019, the same day Trump first called the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

Hyde is one of several Republican candidates who hope to dismiss the current Democratic representative Jahana Hayes.

At the end of last year, it provoked controversy over publishing a crude and sexist tweet, which he later eliminated, about former Democratic presidential candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris.

Hyde served in the Marine Corps and is a veteran of the Iraq war, according to his campaign website.

According to an official record from the Department of Defense, Hyde spent time in the Marine Corps Reserve and was on active duty from February to June 1999. It was not immediately clear why his active duty time was only five months.

Hyde’s LinkedIn page says he ran a construction company in Connecticut for about 16 years. He claims that the company helped build the Connecticut house of rapper 50 Cent. A government relations group began in December 2018 called Finley Hyde & Associates LLC based in Washington, DC, according to its LinkedIn page.

In the new batch of documents published on Tuesday, Hyde sent text messages to Parnas last year that seemed to discuss Yovanovitch’s whereabouts in Ukraine, according to House officials.

Using rude language, Hyde implied that he or his allies were monitoring Yovanovich in Kiev, and suggested Parnas withdraw her from her position.

When CNN asked him on Tuesday if he had offered to harm Yovanovitch, Hyde replied: “No way.”

He declined to comment to CNN when asked about the House Democrats’ statement that the texts suggested that Hyde had Yovanovitch under physical surveillance.

Hyde told CNN that he has not heard from federal prosecutors.

Erica Orden of CNN, Kara Scannell, David Wright and Ryan Browne contributed to this report.

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