Texts suggest Trump backer sent Parnas info about Ambassador Yovanovitch

The screenshots newly released by the House appear to corroborate Hyde’s claim that he’d copied and pasted information to Parnas that he’d received from de Caluwe. Initially, Hyde apparently forwarded to Parnas the screenshots of his communications with de Caluwe. In subsequent texts to Parnas, he conveyed much of the same purported information about Yovanovitch’s whereabouts once again.

The evidence released Friday by the House also includes a WhatsApp audio message turned over by Parnas in which an accented voice says, “It’s confirmed she’s in Ukraine.” It’s not clear who the speaker is on the recording.

The baffling developments add to an extraordinary new chapter in the impeachment saga that opened earlier this week when the House released encrypted text messages turned over by Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani. In those texts emerged a new character: Hyde, a Republican congressional candidate in Connecticut with a history of controversial behavior and vehement support for Trump.

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