House Democratic investigators on Tuesday released a trove of documents obtained from the phone of Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s who was tasked with carrying out key parts of the plot to pressure the new president of Ukraine to do political favors for Trump.
“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,’ ” according to a letter sent by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam B. Schiff.
In one eye-popping exchange from March 2019, Robert F. Hyde, a Trump donor and Republican Congressional candidate, sent text messages to Parnas that implied he had access to people in Kyiv spying on Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, according to the newly released documents.
“They know she’s a political puppet,” Hyde texted. “They will let me know when she’s on the move… They are willing to help if you/we would like a price.”
“Guess you can do anything in Ukraine with money… what I was told,” Hyde messaged.
Parnas responded: “LOL.”
“She’s talked to three people. Her phone is off. Computer is off,” Hyde said in another text exchange with Parnas. “She’s next to the embassy. Not in the embassy. Private security. Been there since Thursday.”
“Interesting,” Parnas replied.
Um holy sh*t. This certainly makes it sound like Parnas and co. were actively tracking Yovanovitch’s movements. This could explain why Yovanovitch was moved out of Ukraine so quickly. https://t.co/4rBRB06ZGN pic.twitter.com/5Gc8WcGPih
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) January 14, 2020
Reached for comment on the text messages by The Daily Beast on Tuesday night, Hyde texted, “Bull Schiff is a giant b*tch.”
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) January 15, 2020