Robert Hyde Bio, Wiki
Robert F. Hyde is known as a challenger for the Republican nomination for a US congressional seat from northwestern Connecticut. He served in the Marine Corps and is a veteran of the Iraq war. He is in the spotlight after new documents publicly released Tuesday, January 14th reveal him as the newest figure caught up in the Ukraine scandal.
Robert Hyde Ukraine Scandal
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 surrounding the removal of Yovanovitch and his relationship to Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani who allegedly aided him with his search in Ukraine for detrimental information on U.S. President Donald Trump’s political opponents.
The new batch of documents released Tuesday, January 14th reveal that Hyde sent Parnas text messages in 2019 that appeared to discuss the whereabouts of Yovanovitch in Ukraine, according to House officials.
Using crude language, Hyde implied he or his allies were monitoring Yovanovitch in Kiev and suggested to Parnas that she should be removed from her position.
Speaking to CNN, Parnas’ attorney Joseph Bondy said “We completely categorially deny that Lev was involved in any activities with Hyde to surveill the ambassador and try to harm the ambassador. We believe Mr Hyde’s activities to be a reflection on his dubious mental state.”
Robert Hyde Ukraine Background
Hyde who is running for the US congressional seat from northwestern Connecticut says in his campaign website that he spent some 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.
His LinkedIn page says he ran a construction company in Connecticut for about 16 years. He claims the company helped build the Connecticut home of rapper 50 Cent.
Though public records indicate he has never registered as a lobbyist or as a foreign agent, Hyde has touted his lobbying firm, Finley Hyde & Associates, LLC, as having reach to “all the ‘Corners of Congress’ including the most progressive to the most conservative members on both sides of the aisle, both chambers, the executive branch, and to key state and local government officials across the nation,” according to the firm’s website.
The site shows photos of Hyde alongside Trump (twice), Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, and boasts that the firm has worked with more than a dozen federal departments including commerce, defense, education, homeland security and transportation.
Although the site says the company is based in Washington, DC, it provides no specific address.
Robert Hyde Controversy
At the end of 2019, Hyde drew controversy for posting a crude and sexist tweet, which he later deleted, about former Democratic presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris. In June 2019, he was forced to surrender a number of guns as a result of a protective order that was being enforced by state police, according to a 2019 incident report from the Simsbury, Connecticut, police department. According to the report, Hyde said that he had called police to come and pick up the guns himself. A responding officer described Hyde as “very cooperative.”
Robert Hyde & Donald Trump
Robert Hyde Child
Robert Hyde has a child with a 36-year-old Connecticut woman, Jennyfer Morin according to state court records. They have been embroiled in a child support dispute. Jennyfer told the Courant, “I’m shocked that people are planning to vote for this man. He can’t even afford $100 a week in child support but he’s golfing with Trump. We’re going back and forth and he’s stating he’s unemployed and can’t afford child support.”
According to the Hartford Courant, Hyde owed the mother of his 13-year-old son more than $2,000 in child support. “On Nov. 4, the family support magistrate in Torrington issued a temporary order for Hyde allowing him to pay $94 per week in child support, as well as a weekly assessment of $14 to make up the $2,100 he owed,” the Courant wrote.
Hyde has denied being behind on payments.
Robert Hyde Twitter, Facebook
Hyde’s social media posts are littered with photographs of him with Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, Trump and the President’s close allies.