FBI agents visited Connecticut's home and gardening business on Thursday from Robert Hyde, a Republican congressional candidate whose alleged surveillance of the US Ambassador to Ukraine has become a problem with President Donald Trump's impeachment last year.
The visit took place on the same day that Ukrainian officials said they had opened an investigation into Hyde's allegations against Lev Parnas, a former employee of Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, after which he followed the movements of American ambassador Marie Yovanovitch last year when it was still in operation written in Kiev.
Parnas and Giuliani tried to oust Yovanovitch last year to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who is currently the front runner for the Democratic President's nomination.
The Senate began impeaching Trump on Thursday. The House of Representatives had indicted the president a month earlier for refusing to provide Congress-sponsored military aid to Ukraine while pressuring the country's new president to announce an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian gas Companies.
A senior police officer told NBC News that FBI agents visited Hydes house in Simsbury and his shop in Avon on Thursday morning. Hydes congress campaign is based in the same office as its landscaping company.
The official said the visits should not include a judicial search, but did not go into the FBI's reason for the visit.
A Hyde neighbor informed NBC that an FBI agent had arrived at Hyde's residence before sunrise and was parked on the street in front of the house.
The neighbor spoke to the FBI agent and, to the best of his knowledge, said the agent had not come to Hydes house.
CNN initially reported the FB visits.
A message left by CNBC for Hyde was not immediately returned.
The FBI declined to comment.
Police officers from Avon and Simbsury told CNBC they knew nothing about Hyde's FBI visits to these cities.
Hydes communication with Parnas was disclosed in a number of documents the House Democrats released on Tuesday as part of the impeachment process. Parnas, who was charged with campaign funding violations, passed these documents to Parliament.
In a text message to Parnas on March 23, Hyde had written about Yovanovitch: "Wow. Trumo can't believe it [sic] didn't fire this b —-. I'll start right away.
"She [sic] under strong protection from Kiev, "wrote Hyde.
He went on to describe Yovanovitch's location, its communication, and its level of security.
Hyde has refused to spy on Yovanovitch by telling Parnas his comments in text messages about her alleged movements in jest and while drinking alcohol.
In an interview with Sinclair Media that aired on Wednesday, Hyde said, "I thought we were playing."
"It is unfortunate that the left had to pile up her panties," said Hyde.
On Wednesday, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Eliot Engel, D-New York, requested State Department documents related to possible threats to Yovanovitch, which Hyde recalled from Kiev in May.
In a letter to Under Secretary of State Brian Bulatao, Engel wrote: "Mr. Hyde said in a message that he had" someone inside ", presumably at the US Embassy in Kiev, which is" ready to help if we / you would like to. " a price. & # 39; "
"The strong implication of this news is that someone with detailed knowledge of the ambassador's whereabouts and security protocols shared this information with Mr. Hyde in real time," wrote Engel.
"I cannot overestimate the deep security risk this poses to the US mission and our interests in Ukraine."
In an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Wednesday, Parnas Hyde called a "strange" man he met for the first time at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.
Parnas said in the same interview that he didn't think Hyde was actually monitoring.
"I think he was either drunk or tried to make himself bigger than him, so I didn't take it seriously," said Parnas.
Connecticut Republican Party leader J.R. Romano urged Hyde to end his congressional campaign and said his antics would not help Trump.
"His campaign is a distraction for the Democrats to raise money and falsely label all Republicans with their antics," tweeted Romano.