The House Intelligence Committee released a trove of documents from indicted Ukrainian-American oligarch Lev Parnas.
Parnas was an associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, until Parnas's arrest last year. Parnas has been cooperating with investigators and yesterday, much of his correspondence with Giuliani and other Trump allies was released, including some sinister text messages.
Parnas was texting Giuliani associate and former GOP Congressional candidate Robert Hyde, and the two were discussing how to go about ousting former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, whom Hyde referred to as a "b--ch."
You may remember Yovanovitch's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee overseeing impeachment from November of last year, in which she said under oath that Ukrainian officials were concerned for her security and advised her to take the next plane out of Ukraine.
Texts between Hyde and Parnas may shed light on what the threat to Yovanovitch was.
The March 2019 texts indicate that Hyde was tracking the ambassador's movements and conferring with Ukrainians handling her security, assuring Parnas he had "someone on the inside." Hyde also speculates on when Yovanovitch will be moved from her secure facility.
Hyde later said to Parnas:
"They will let me know when she's on the move…They are willing to help if you/we would like a price."
The disturbing texts had many fearing that two agents of the President's personal lawyer were stalking an American ambassador with the possible intent to harm her.
Hyde, who exited his Congressional race after sexist comments regarding Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), is responding by making an ass of himself on Twitter.
His alibi? He and his drinking buddies were just joking with Parnas.
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 bac… https://t.co/Y8DtbfKuJ3— HYDE for U.S. Congress (@HYDE for U.S. Congress)1579059801.0
These are bad people, I'm out to expose their actions. Attack me all you want, get the facts first. The media is ag… https://t.co/3BbWGw4xt0— HYDE for U.S. Congress (@HYDE for U.S. Congress)1579059919.0
Day Job: “Titular Head” of a Connecticut landscape company... Night Job: CIA international spook, aka Scarfface .… https://t.co/m7ujlvABDY— HYDE for U.S. Congress (@HYDE for U.S. Congress)1579095667.0
CIA name. 00-Scarfface.. International Man Of Mystery...— HYDE for U.S. Congress (@HYDE for U.S. Congress)1579096307.0
Liddle Adam Bull Schiff and the Standard Hotel, I wasn’t there either or was I... #fuckadamschiff— HYDE for U.S. Congress (@HYDE for U.S. Congress)1579098347.0
Hyde has since deleted many of his pictures with Trump and other Trump allies on social media, but his erratic tweet stream was emanating with some big Trump energy.
Take a look at this, friends. It’s apparently how candidates for U.S. Congress speak nowadays, also known as the Tr… https://t.co/3Sz3RLmncj— Blaine Krage (@Blaine Krage)1579096112.0
Whoever Hyde is, he needs to go away. He’s a clown emboldened by the rabid Trump era https://t.co/yNBqAxTJOx— Vic Conrad (@Vic Conrad)1579100786.0
This lumbering doofus mob wannabe texting crook @rfhyde1 is running for Congress. He’ll be under investigation for… https://t.co/IuLHBYEcWg— Elaina McCartney (@Elaina McCartney)1579087320.0
Dude. What are you, a 6th grader? You sound like one of Trump's low IQ budd[y's]. https://t.co/DFZnqQKcsf— kentuckygirl (@kentuckygirl)1579095973.0
How old is this guy?! This sounds like a 15yo boy.🙄 And, he’s mimicking Trump (“liddle”) like a sycophant. I can’t… https://t.co/qRSZ4w7RU2— Isle of Kal (@Isle of Kal)1579093196.0
Did Donald Trump tweet this? @TrumpOrNotBot https://t.co/8b6kB2yxqd— Ajbpgh79 (@Ajbpgh79)1579091614.0
Hyde's so-called defense aside, whatever he and Parnas were planning at Giuliani's behest is deeply troubling.
"They are willing to help if we/you would like a price" -- what exactly did the crooks running Trump's shadow forei… https://t.co/suUCJtxXhl— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1579045828.0
Yikes, the text thread between Hyde and Parnas about Yovanovitch goes on and on and on and is terrifying far beyond… https://t.co/kR559NdQKd— Steve Portigal 🇨🇦🇺🇸 (@Steve Portigal 🇨🇦🇺🇸)1579069651.0
“She’s going to go through some things.” President Trump talking about Marie Yovanovitch on July 25, 2019. Looks li… https://t.co/hqMzqWiCd8— Collette Reitz (@Collette Reitz)1579056046.0
It's unclear whether Hyde will have to answer for the texts under oath, but it won't be easy for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to dismiss the idea outright.