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From Obscurity To Impeachment Figure: Who Is Robert Hyde?

Hyde says he was joking when he messaged an associate of Rudy Giuliani that he was tracking former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. Now, U.S. and Ukrainian authorities are investigating.

A quiet New England community west of Hartford, Conn., has found itself roped into the impeachment saga with the emergence of an improbable character in the ongoing Ukraine scandal: Robert Hyde.

Hyde is a 40-year-old congressional candidate and former landscaper in Simsbury, Conn., who is known for being brash, foul-mouthed and for hitching his candidacy on his fervent support for President Trump.

He is also someone who has paved inroads with a cast of characters involved in the pressure campaign against Ukraine that has President Trump facing an impeachment trial in the Senate on allegations that he abused his power and obstructed Congress.

Hyde rose fromby House Democrats this past week in which between him and an associate of Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal attorney, show Hyde appearing to brag about spying on the former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. The messages were sent in the weeks before the Trump administration recalled Yovanovitch from her posting in Kyiv.

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