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Congressional candidate ensnared in latest impeachment evidence

Congressional candidate ensnared in latest impeachment evidence
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A Republican running for Congress in Connecticut is one of the latest figures to be ensnared in the impeachment proceedings in Congress after the House released new evidence on Tuesday.

Robert Hyde, who is running to challenge Rep. Jahana HayesJahana HayesHarris holds first meeting in ceremonial office with CBC members Parents of Sandy Hook victims slam Taylor Greene's appointment to Education Committee GOP has growing Marjorie Taylor Greene problem MORE (D) in Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, was revealed to have communicated with an associate of Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani again suspended from YouTube over false election claims Sacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Biden administration buys 100,000 doses of Lilly antibody drug MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE’s personal attorney, regarding efforts to oust the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

According to a series of documents released by the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Reform committees, Hyde communicated with Giuliani associate Lev Parnas about former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchBlinken tells State Department staff 'I have your back' Trump has discussed possible pardons for three eldest children, Kushner: report Former Giuliani associates plead not guilty to new fraud charges MORE.

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“Wow. Can’t believe Trumo hasn’t fired this bitch. I’ll get right in that,” Hyde texted to Parnas, according to the documents released by the House chairmen. Hyde also suggested that Yovanovitch's movements were being monitored, texting Parnas, “They will let me know when she’s on the move,” seemingly referring to her private security detail.

The Republican candidate dismissed the documents released by Democrats on Tuesday.

“What Bull Schiff? Adam Schiffhead is a poor losing [piece of shit],” Hyde wrote in a text to The Hill, referring to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Democrats want to silence opposing views, not 'fake news' White House defends not sanctioning Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi What good are the intelligence committees? MORE (D-Calif.). “Trump 2020.”

Hyde, an Iraq War veteran and small-business owner, is running against at least four other Republicans for the chance to challenge Hayes in November’s election.

He has tied himself closely to Trump during his campaign, vowing to be a close ally of the White House should he win later this year.

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“Robert Hyde is an ardent support of our duly elected president, President Trump, and his agenda of renewing American Greatness. Robert believes the residents of northwestern Connecticut in the Fifth District deserve better than their current – and past – leadership. There is no one better than Robert Hyde to represent CT-5,” his campaign website reads.

Still, Hyde faces an uphill battle should he win his bid to face off against Hayes. The Democrat won her first term in 2018 by more than 11 points.

The documents unveiled by House Democrats on Tuesday included phone records, documents and other materials from Parnas regarding his role in efforts to convince the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE, one of Trump’s chief political rivals, as well as to dismiss Yovanovitch, who some believed would be an obstacle to Trump’s efforts.

Parnas has emerged as a focal figure in the impeachment process, with Democrats saying he played a key role in relaying Trump’s wishes to Ukrainian figures. In the documents released by House investigators, Parnas said he intended to work his “magic” to reach a deal with Kyiv and tried but failed to set up a meeting between Zelensky and Giuliani.

The House will vote Wednesday to send the two articles of impeachment that were passed last month to the Senate, where a trial is set to begin next week.