Dutch Trump supporter Anthony de Caluwe (pictured) has admitted to texting Republican congressional candidate Robert Hyde concerning the location of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch – however claims these messages have been despatched as a joke
A Dutch Trump supporter has admitted to texting a Republican candidate concerning the location of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch – however claims these messages have been despatched as a joke.
Anthony de Caluwe initially denied involvement in an alleged surveillance operation focusing on Yovanovitch after the congressional candidate, Robert F Hyde, recognized him because the supply of purported intelligence on the then-ambassador’s actions final spring.
Textual content messages launched final week by the Home Intelligence Committee confirmed Hyde relaying details about Yovanovitch’s whereabouts to Lev Parnas, an affiliate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Hyde claimed that he had obtained that info from de Caluwe and handed it alongside to Parnas, who provided the messages to Home officers main an impeachment inquiry towards President Trump.
De Caluwe branded Hyde’s statements as ‘incorrect’ on Friday and claimed that the candidate had requested him for details about Yovanovitch and he declined to assist.
‘I knowledgeable him it is towards the legislation,’ de Caluwe instructed NBC Information on Friday.
De Caluwe modified his tune after a brand new batch of texts launched by Home officers later that day appeared to corroborate Hyde’s declare.
The texts embrace screenshots of WhatsApp messages about Yovanovitch’s location that have been ship from a Belgian cellphone quantity to Hyde, who forwarded these screenshots to Parnas.
The cellphone quantity was partially redacted however the seen digits matched varied on-line data for de Caluwe. The avatar within the WhatsApp…