FBI specialists on Thursday visited both the home and business of Connecticut congressional candidate Robert Hyde, who this week was involved in the Ukraine scandal.
The operators were seen by CNN and their presence was affirmed by a law implementation official. They were at the home early Thursday morning in Weatogue, Connecticut, before going to Hyde’s business in close by Avon.
Hyde runs the two of his landscaping organization and his campaign headquarters from the office. The investigators didn’t respond to inquiries as to Hyde’s whereabouts or why they needed to talk with him. No different subtleties were given.
Text messages show Hyde was associated with endeavors to surveil and expel previous US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Kiev.
FBI and Manhattan government investigators are looking at the role Hyde played in regards to Yovanovitch and his relationship to Rudy Giuliani partner Lev Parnas, as per a law implementation official.
When asked Wednesday by Eric Bolling on CNN subsidiary Sinclair’s show “America This Week” regardless of whether he had eyes on Yovanovitch, Hyde answered, “Absolutely not.”
“You meet a bunch of these characters when you’re out there in the fundraising at events and supporting candidates,” Hyde said. “And you know, we just had some colorful texts, you know, had a few pops way back when.”
Hyde called Parnas’ statements that he had been involved in viewing Yovanovitch “pretty heavy accusations,” adding that “it was just colorful — we were playing, I thought we were playing. I didn’t know he was, I didn’t know he was so serious.”
The chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party has called for Hyde to drop out of the race for the northwestern Connecticut House seat.
“It’s not helpful to the President. It’s not helpful to other Republican candidates. And it provides an opportunity for Democrats to raise money. It allows the opposition to label all Republicans with these comments,” J.R. Romano told CNN on Wednesday.
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