connectVideoJudge orders release of the Coast Guard lieutenant suspected of plotting attacks on politicians, journalists
Coast guard Lt. Christopher hasson ordered released from custody pending trial, after the government not to add to a terror-related costs than the existing drugs and gun allegations.
The charges against a Coast Guard lieutenant, which the researchers said espoused white nationalist views and drew up a list of prominent Democratic politicians and media personalities do not warrant keeping him in custody before the court hearing, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day ordered a follow-up of the detention hearing at which Christopher hasson defending team will be required to establish appropriate release conditions. The court noted that he had “serious concerns” about hasson and warned that he would “need a lot of supervision.” Federal prosecutors said late Thursday that they are a challenge for any release conditions sought by hasson defense team in an effort to keep him in custody pending his trial.
“Now, Mr. hasson will remain detained pending any further procedure,” U. S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Marcy Murphy said in a statement adding: “If the Right Day is to the defendant of the release, the Government is planning to appeal this to the U. S. District Judge presiding over the case, on the basis of the danger to the community posed by the defendant.”
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Hasson, 50, was arrested Feb. 15 in the parking garage of the Coast Guard of the Washington headquarters. He pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful possession of silencers, possession of firearms by a drug addict and abusive user, and for the possession of the opioid painkiller tramadol.
After a bail hearing days after hasson the arrest of the Day agreed to have the defendant held in custody, but said that he was willing to look back on his decision as officers of justice not more serious charges within two weeks. Hasson attorney, Liz Oyer, wrote in a court filing last week that prosecutors recently announced that they had not expected to find any extra costs.
Prosecutors described hasson in court documents as a “domestic terrorists” who “is planning to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.” According to a court filing, hasson compiled a spreadsheet of so-called “traitors” which he divided into three categories: A,B, and C. the so-called “Category A” traitors to Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (with the designation “Sen blumen jew” in the spreadsheet), Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (with the caption “poca warren”), Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California.
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Also included in the “Category A” were of the House of representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N. Y., Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., MSNBC personalities Joe Scarborough, Chris Hayes and Ari Melber as CNN host Don Lemon. Names in the “Category B” list included Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., CNN personalities Chris Cuomo and Van Jones and the Democratic Socialists of America.
At a bond hearing in February, prosecutor Jennifer Sykes said hasson also would log on his government computer during the work and spend hours searching for information on such people as the Unabomber, the Virginia Tech shooter, and anti-abortion bomber Eric Rudolph. Hasson also allegedly Googled topics like “most liberal senators,” “best place in dc to see congress people,” and “civil war, as asset dropped off.”
Researchers are removed from this cache of weapons and ammunition of hasson’s Maryland apartment. (U. S. District Court via AP)
Plaintiffs’ motion for remand also included extracts of the draft e-mails in which hasson he wrote “the dream of a way to kill almost every last person on earth.” In a separate letter to a neo-Nazi leader, prosecutors said hasson “identified himself as a White Nationalist for more than 30 years and advocate for “targeted violence” to be a white homeland.”
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The researchers also found and removed 15 guns, including seven assault rifles, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from hasson basement apartment in Silver Spring, Md., prosecutors said.
Hasson faces up to 31 years in prison if convicted on all charges. No trial date has been set.
Fox News’ Bill Mears and The Associated Press contributed to this report.