Trump Donor Accused Of Surveilling US Ambassador Has History Of Stalking
Robert F. Hyde relayed information about U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch’s location to Rudy Giuliani’s Ukrainian associates and was a known stalker with mental health issues, according to The Intercept.
Newly released communications between Lev Parnas and Hyde, a donor to President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee and aspiring congressman, show an alleged effort to serveil Yovanovitch.
The messages were released by the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday and show that Hyde claimed to know Yovanovitch’s location and movements in Kyiv while suggesting that he was in contact with local security services in Ukraine who could be paid to go after the ambassador.
According to police records obtained by The Intercept, Hyde violated a restraining order issued by a Washington D.C. superior court judge at the request of a Republican consultant who claims that Hyde stalked her and intimidated her family over the last year.
According to separate police reports, Hyde was reported to authorities for “unsettling behavior.”
Hyde was involuntarily placed in a psychiatric facility in Florida last May, following an incident at the Trump National Doral Miami resort. The Doral Police Department noted that Hyde expressed fear for his life and told officers that he “was scared due to several painting workers and landscape workers trying to do harm to him because they weren’t working.”
Under Florida’s Baker Act, individuals showing signs of mental illness who could pose a danger to themselves or others can be involuntarily submitted to a mental health facility.
Hyde has other legal issues, which includes an eviction from a commercial property in Simsbury, Connecticut and outstanding child support payments, despite donating thousands of dollars to Trump and the RNC.
Last year, Hyde began a campaign for Congress, seeking to challenge Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), but was condemned by the state Republican Party for his “vile comments on Twitter.”
In December, after Kamala Harris suspended her presidential bid, Hyde tweeted that Harris was “brought to her knees,” followed by the message, “Must be a hard one to swallow. #KamalaHarris #heelsup.”