Report: Trump Donor Robert F. Hyde Was Taken Into Custody At Trump Doral
Many Americans were likely unfamiliar with the name Robert F. Hyde prior to the House Intelligence Committee’s release of documents obtained from Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.
But Hyde, a Republican lobbyist and donor who gave generously to President Donald Trump’s campaign, has a history worth investigation.
According to Mother Jones, the 40-year-old congressional candidate in Connecticut was picked up by police at Trump National Doral Miami last year following the report of a “male in distress fearing for his life.” The incident resulted in Hyde’s involuntary assessment at a local mental hospital.
Per the police report, Hyde explained to officers that “he was in fear for his life, was set up and that a hit man was out to get him. Mr. Hyde spoke about e-mails he sent that may have placed his life in jeopardy. Mr. Hyde explained several times that he was paranoid that someone was out to get him.”
The paranoid behavior continued as police transported Hyde from the Trump property: “Mr. Hyde continued to act paranoid telling us not to stop next to certain vehicles…[H]e explained that he was scared due to several painting workers and landscape workers trying to do harm to him because they weren’t working. Additionally Mr. Hyde explained that his computer was being hacked by Secret Service. And then went on to further explain that the secret service [sic] was arrival [sic] on the premises watching him.”
Hyde also presented police with “a variety of different names, contacts and provided information in reference to why he felt his life was in danger.”
Officers said they “determined that Mr. Hyde was suffering from a [redacted],” that he was “transported to [redacted] for further evaluation,” and that a “crisis form was filled and filed.”
In Florida, the Baker Act and the Marchman Act allow individuals to be held for involuntary assessment if they pose a danger to themselves, Mother Jones noted, with the Baker Act specifically referring to those who might be suffering from a mental illness.
After his assessment, Hyde posted to social media that he had been held in a facility for nine days, where his “mental, emotional, and physical self” were “pushed” and he passed “all medicals, physicals, psych exams and diagnoses with flying colors.”
He also wrote “I’m not a traitor or a colluder or a conspiracy theorist,” adding, “eff you and your intelligence agencies or whatever or whoever was or is effing with me.”
Hyde’s name recently made national headlines as his involvement in the Ukraine scandal became apparent with the release of Parnas’ documents.
Parnas — an indicted Soviet-born associate of Giuliani who worked on ousting former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch — gave copies of text messages between himself and Hyde that suggest Yovanovitch was under surveillance in Ukraine before she was removed.
Some of the messages also suggest that Hyde knew of individuals in Ukraine who could “help” with the Yovanovitch problem for a “price.”