A series of WhatsApp messages released by the House Intelligence Committee appear to show a Trump-backing congressional candidate had the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine ‘under physical surveillance’ in addition to trashing her while communicating with a Rudy Giuliani associate.
In the messages, Trump backer Robert Hyde refers to former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch with the expletives: ‘F*** that b****.’
His exchanges with Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appear to indicate Hyde was monitoring her movements, according to the documents.
‘She under heavy protection outside Kiev,’ Hyde writes in a March 23 message.
WhatsApp messages appear to show GOP congressional candidate Robert Hyde tracking the movements of U.S. ambassador Marie Yovanovitch
‘I know crazy s***’ Parnas responds. ‘My guy thinks maybe FSB,’ responds Hyde, referencing Russian internal security.
As summarized in a letter by House Intel chair Rep. Adam Schiff: ‘Mr. Hyde … sent a series of text messages suggesting that he had Ambassador Yovanovitch under physical surveillance in Kyiv and that ‘They are willing to help if we/you would like a price.’
That referenced an additional message.
‘They are moving her tomorrow,’ Hyde announced March 25. ‘The guys over there asked me what I would like to do and what is in it for them.’
Robert Hyde’s Instagram shows numerous photos with President Trump
Trump gives a thumbs-up in one photo, which has a photo of Trump in the background
Hyde says ‘F*** that b****’ in relation to former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch
The messages were included in a trove of information handed over by Giuliani associate Lev Parnas
‘Private security. Been there since Thursday,’ he wrote in another message. ‘They will let me know when she’s on the move.’
‘They are willing to help if we/you would like a price,’ Hyde added in another message that day.
‘Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money … what I was told,’ he added.
A March 26 message states: ‘If you want her out they need to make contact with security forces.’
Seconds later, he added: ‘From Ukrainians.’
A day later, he wrote: ‘Nothing has changed she is still not moving they check again today.’
Yovanovitch was recalled from her post in May.
Other messages show monitoring of her contacts, not just her movements. ‘She had visitors,’ said one Hyde message, from March 29. ‘It’s confirmed we have a person inside.’
‘He fired her again,’ Rudy Giuliani writes in an April 23 message.
Other messages have Hyde disparaging Yovanovitch, who testified in the House about what Democrats termed a ‘smear campaign’ against her meant to paint her as disloyal to promote her ouster.
In the March 22, 2019, Hyde write: ‘F*** that b****.’ The next day, Parnas replied with a screen grab of Fox host Laura Ingraham. Hyde responded: ‘Wow, can’t believe Trump hasn’t fired this b****. I’ll get right in that.’
Hyde’s Instagram account appears to show him golfing with Trump, inside a Trump club in front of a picture of Trump, and bowling at the White House bowling alley.
Hyde posted on Twitter that bashed Yovanovitch and made a fundraising appeal: ‘Thank you for your kind words and support. Please click the link to make a contribution to our campaign so we can help get the house from Adam Bull Schiff and find the 12 billion dollars that disappeared in Ukraine under Maria Yovanovitch, he wrote, going after Rep. Adam Schiff, a Trump nemesis.
By late Tuesday night, he posted a message attacking Schiff and referenced ‘some dweeb we were playing with’ in an apparent reference to ‘this Lev guy.’
‘How low can liddle Adam Bull Schiff go? 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,’ he wrote.
He added in another message: ‘These are bad people, I’m out to expose their actions. Attack me all you want, get the facts first. The media is against me because they’re either complicit or have a hand in it, I welcome an investigation. I’ll provide my email password and hand my phone over, bring it on.’
Yovanovitch’s lawyer told NBC News the notion that American citizens or others were ‘monitoring Ambassador Yovanovitch’s movements for unknown reasons,’ calling it ‘disturbing’ and calling for an investigation.
Another document states: ‘get Zalensky to announce that the Biden case will be investigated,’ in reference to the president of Ukraine