GOP Congressional Candidate Robert Hyde Does Push-Ups in Front of White House

A Republican congressional candidate from Connecticut who became implicated in the House impeachment inquiry last month shared a video of himself doing push-ups in front of the White House on February 20.

Robert Hyde, a Trump donor who suggested he surveilled Marie Yovanovitch when she was the US ambassador to Ukraine, shared the video on Twitter as part of an initiative to raise awareness of veteran suicides.

After doing the push-ups, Hyde can be seen taking his phone back from a stranger who he had apparently asked to film him.

“I hope everyone has a great day,” Hyde says toward the end of the footage.

Active Heroes, a nonprofit with “a mission to end veteran suicide,” per its website, is promoting the push-up challenge, which consists of posting videos of yourself completing 22 push-ups a day for 22 days and seeking pledges to the charity.

Active Heroes says the number 22 is a reference to a 2012 statistic from the Department of Veterans Affairs that 22 veterans a day die by suicide. More recent data from the VA has the number as 20.

Storyful has previously reported on Hyde’s ties with the Trump family.

Among materials made public by the House Intelligence Committee during the impeachment inquiry were screenshots showing a series of text message exchanges between Lev Parnas, a contact of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, and Hyde. The relationship between the two men is unclear, and according to reports, Hyde has a record of erratic behavior, and publicly claimed that he was put in a psychiatric facility. Credit: @rfhyde1 via Storyful