Donald Trump has much to say about terrorists when they’re brown, but remains oddly silent about the white nationalist who stockpiled weapons and prepared to kill journalists from MSNBC and CNN as well as Democratic leaders like Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).
RXN from @RepMaxineWaters, who Christopher Hasson plotted to kill: “There is no credible justification that can explain why a federal judge would allow someone as clearly dangerous and unrepentant as Hasson to walk free while he awaits trial. Christopher Hasson is a terrorist." https://t.co/xxWWhW5SRU
— John R Parkinson (@jparkABC) April 26, 2019
Christopher Hasson, a Coast Guard lieutenant who police say was planning an attack on Americans on a scale never before seen, was released from jail on Friday after Attorney General William Barr failed to bring charges of terrorism against him. Since the rest of the crimes he’s been charged with were not enough to keep him in custody, Hasson is once again out amongst the public.
According to The Baltimore Sun:
‘U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day noted that 50-year-old Christopher Hasson hasn’t been charged with any terrorism-related offenses. Hasson was arrested Feb. 15 and is awaiting trial on firearms and drug charges. Prosecutors have said he created a hit list of prominent Democrats, two Supreme Court justices, network TV journalists and social media company executives.’
BREAKING: Federal judge agrees to release Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson, who was accused of plotting terror attack by federal prosecutors. Judge says govt. has not charged him with terrorism and murder and doesn’t plan to, so no grounds to hold.
— justin jouvenal (@jjouvenal) April 25, 2019
Congresswoman Waters was stunned by the news that the man who plotted her murder was released from custody. Speaking to reporters, Waters said:
‘There is no credible justification that can explain why a federal judge would allow someone as clearly dangerous and unrepentant as Hasson to walk free while he awaits trial. Christopher Hasson is a terrorist.’
#BREAKING — This is Huge
• Lt. Chris Hasson WILL be released from jail, through trial.
• He threatened to kill 2 SCOTUS justices, CNN & MSNBC anchors
• Defense argued he should be free bc he wasn’t being held on ANY terror related charges
• Judge AGREED. Release soon.@WUSA9 pic.twitter.com/z3sUOxUgmX
— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) April 25, 2019
However, there is little a judge can do when the charges against a defendant do not justify his detention. Judge Day did ensure that Hasson would not be immediately released and would remain under supervision until his release. Prosecutors plan to appeal the decision.
Day said he still has “grave concerns” about Hasson based on information prosecutors have presented. The magistrate said Hasson is “going to have to have a whole lot of supervision” before his release, a process that could take several days. Marcia Murphy, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Robert Hur’s office, said prosecutors would oppose any conditions of release for Hasson.
Day didn’t order Hasson to be immediately released. The magistrate gave Hasson’s defense attorney, Liz Oyer, a few days to arrange conditions of release that would be acceptable to the court. Prosecutors have vowed to appeal if Day does order his release.
In 2019, it’s hard to be stunned, but this has shocked the hell out of me.
Christopher Hasson, a white supremacist, was actively plotting to kill multiple elected officials, members of the media, and more. He had an enough weapons for a small army.
And is being released. https://t.co/GENqAJhSzn
— Shaun King (@shaunking) April 25, 2019
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