Prosecutor: Revoke bail for impeachment figure Robert Hyde

MALDEN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge is considering whether to revoke bail in a protective order case against a Connecticut man who has emerged as a figure in the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

A prosecutor made the request to revoke Robert F. Hyde’s bail during a hearing in Malden District Court on Thursday, with police accusing Hyde of repeatedly violating a civil protective order obtained by a political consultant, The Hartford Courant reported.

The consultant obtained the restraining order last summer, accusing Hyde of harassing and stalking her. She lives in Massachusetts and works frequently in Washington, D.C. The Courant reported it was not naming the woman because she fears for her safety.

The judge did not immediately rule and scheduled the next court date for March 6.

Hyde, of Simsbury, Connecticut, made headlines Tuesday when House Democrats’ released text messages between Hyde and Lev Parnas, a close associate of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. In the messages, Hyde disparages U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and purportedly gives Parnas updates on her location and cellphone use.

Before Tuesday, Hyde was known in Connecticut as an obscure Republican candidate for Congress in the state’s 5th District who was censured by his own party’s leaders for offensive and misogynistic tweets.

Hyde has denied any involvement in Ukraine.

A text message seeking comment was sent to Hyde on Friday. His lawyer did not respond to a request by the Courant for comment.

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