Christopher Hasson — the heavily armed Coast Guard lieutenant who made a hit list targeting prominent Democrats and media figures — is a free man once again.
That’s according to Washington Post justice reporter Justin Jouvenal, who tweeted that a federal judge ordered Hasson’s release Thursday afternoon.
“Judge says gov’t has not charged him with terrorism and murder and doesn’t plan to, so no grounds to hold,” Jouvenal tweeted.
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
As Grit Post reported earlier this month, Hasson was initially arrested on firearm and drug charges, but not domestic terrorism, despite calling for “focused violence” to bring about a “white homeland.” Prosecutors said Hasson planned to “murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” and found 15 guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition when searching his home.
Hasson’s hit list allegedly included top House Democrats like Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York). Hasson also allegedly targeted several U.S. Senators — including presidential candidates — like Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Kamala Harris (D-California), Tim Kaine (D-Virginia), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York). Other targets included cable news anchors like CNN’s Don Lemon and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
On his work computer, Hasson searched for ““best place in dc to see congress people,” and “where in dc to congress people live,” along with “civil war if trump impeached.” New York Magazine reported that he reportedly searched for “please god let there be a race war,” and looked up the home addresses of two unnamed U.S. Supreme Court justices. In the State of Maryland’s indictment on possession of gun silencers, prosecutors wrote that the only reason Hasson had those devices was to “murder quietly.”
“The defendant intended to [commit murder] on a mass scale, and his detention has thwarted his unlawful desire,” prosecutors wrote.
Hasson’s attorney had been pushing for his release from prison, stating that because he was not being charged with domestic terrorism, the government had no right to keep him in prison as he awaited trial on the firearm and drug charges.
Tom Cahill is a contributor for Grit Post who covers political and economic news. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Send him an email at tom DOT v DOT cahill AT gmail DOT com.