WASHINGTON — Emails show that a House committee investigating possible surveillance of the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine has struggled to obtain records from Connecticut congressional candidate Robert Hyde, although Hyde told press he handed over “everything.”

NBC News reported it obtained emails exchanged between the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Hyde indicating that Hyde failed to follow through on a commitment to turn over his electronics for the committee to search.

Hyde told Hearst Connecticut Media Tuesday that he sent the emails to NBC News. In an email exchange, he declined to share the emails with Hearst, but claimed he offered to show the committee his devices “three times.” He did not elaborate on following through on this offer, and called the reporter “trash” and “shitbag” in response to questions on the matter.

The House committee staff said Hyde had destroyed some records that could be relevant to their inquiry and “failed to explain when and why” he got rid of the copies, the emails said.

The committee staffers also said the records Hyde did provide “contain significant gaps.” It was clear some were missing because House investigators already published text messages exchanged between Hyde and Trump-associate Lev Parnas, the staffers suggested.

The published texts suggested that Hyde and Parnas were conducting surveillance of the ambassador Marie Yovanovitch in Kiev in March 2019. They exchanged messages about Yovanovitch’s movements and security protection. Hyde and Parnas both deny any real surveillance occured.

In emails to the committee, Hyde accused the staff of trying “to set me up with false or fake evidence.”

Hyde’s connection to Parnas and President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani was first reported by Hearst Connecticut Media. A former landscaper and Republican donor, Hyde is running for Congress in Connecticut’s 5th District against Democrat U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes. Hyde has faced numerous calls from Republicans to end his campaign but has remained in the race.

The State Department and Ukrainian Police have also announced investigations into possible surveillance of Yovanovitch. The Federal Bureau of Investigations also has tried to make contact with Hyde.

emilie.munson@hearstdc.com; Twitter: @emiliemunson