A Coast Guard officer who, according to prosecutors, has voiced views of white supremacy and blacklisted prominent Democrats and media personalities was indicted on Wednesday for bribery.
Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, is charged with unlawful possession of mufflers, possession of firearms by an addict and an illegal user, and possession of a controlled substance, the analgesic opioid tramadol.
Hasson was arrested on February 15 in the parking lot of the Coast Guard headquarters building in Washington, DC, where he had been working since June 2016 on a program of acquiring advanced cutters for the agency. In an application for pre-trial detention, prosecutors described the Navy veteran and the National Army Guard as a "national terrorist" who wanted to "murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country".
According to the record, Hasson allegedly drew up a list of so-called "traitors", including Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi; Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer; presidential candidates Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris; and the democratic representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. The list also included cable operators Chris Hayes, Joe Scarborough, Chris Cuomo and Van Jones.
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Prosecutors said Hasson had described himself as "a long-time white nationalist" and had drafted an email in which he declared that he "dreamed of a way to kill almost every person on the planet".
In a statement, the Department of Justice said federal agents had released 17 firearms from the Hasson, Maryland, Maryland apartment, including seven rifles, four pistols, two shotguns and two revolvers, as well as two mufflers. Authorities said the mufflers were not registered and did not have a serial number.
Hasson has not been charged with any terrorism-related offenses. US prosecutor Robert Hur said in a statement on Wednesday that the authorities were still gathering evidence. His indictment was not scheduled immediately.
On February 21, US Judge Charles Day agreed to keep Hasson behind bars, while stating that he was willing to reconsider his decision in 14 days if prosecutors had not yet brought him back. more serious charges.
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Julie Stelzig, a public defender who represented Hasson at the hearing, accused the prosecutors of laying arson charges against him without providing evidence.
"It's not a crime to have negative thoughts about people," said Stelzig, who claimed that the Justice Department was trying to give Hasson the example in order to respond accusations that he ignored national terror suspects.
If he is found guilty of all the charges, Hasson could be sentenced to 31 years in prison.
Associated Press contributed to this report.