By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN
Updated 1:13 PM ET, Wed January 15, 2020
Washington (CNN)Before this week, Robert F. Hyde was known as a challenger for the Republican nomination for the US congressional seat from northwestern Connecticut.
Now, new documents publicly released Tuesday reveal Hyde as the newest figure caught up in the Ukraine scandal.
Text messages show Hyde was involved in efforts to surveil and remove former US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Kiev.
Hyde calls himself an “ardent” supporter of President Donald Trump and has donated $25,000 to Trump’s inaugural committee, according to records published by Open Secrets. He has also given over $30,000 to the Trump campaign and other Republican political groups, according to federal records.
Hyde’s social media posts are littered with photographs of him with Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, Trump and the President’s close allies.