An associate of Rudy Giuliani appeared to discuss with another man the surveillance of US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before she was ousted from her post last year, according to a tranche of documents made public Tuesday as part of the House impeachment inquiry.
The documents introduced a colorful new participant – Connecticut congressional candidate Robert F. Hyde – in the push by Giuliani and his allies to remove Yovanovitch, an effort that is at the center of impeachment proceedings in Washington and federal investigations in New York.
In a series of text messages with Giuliani associate Lev Parnas in March 2019, Hyde, an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump who has donated thousands of dollars to Republican politics and the Trump campaign, discussed Yovanovitch’s whereabouts in Ukraine.
Using coarse language, Hyde suggested to Parnas that Yovanovitch should be removed from her position, and Hyde implied he or his allies were monitoring her.
“F**k that bitch,” Hyde told Parnas on March 22, 2019, in response to a series of articles and tweets Parnas sent him. The following day, Hyde continued: “Wow. Can’t believe Trump (sic) hasn’t fired this bitch. I’ll get right in that.”
In a cryptic message, Hyde later wrote to Parnas: “They are willing to help if we/you would like a price.” Hyde added: “Guess you can do anything in the Ukraine with money…what I was told.”
Around the same time, Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, had been engaged in a campaign to push out Yovanovitch, believing she was an impediment to Giuliani’s effort to obtain what he thought would be damaging information on Trump’s political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.