Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Friday lashed out at a federal judge after ordering the release of a Coast Guard officer accused of plotting domestic terrorism with a hit list that included her and other prominent Democrats.
A federal judge in Maryland ruled Thursday that Christopher Hasson will be released on bail after pleading not guilty to gun and drug charges.
Hasson’s public defender argued that the government could not keep detaining his client because he has not been charged with terrorism-related counts, according to CNN.
Judge Charles Day agreed with Hasson’s public defender that the government had not met a standard for continued detention but said he still had “grave concerns” about Hasson’s alleged actions, which included amassing an arsenal of guns and tactical gear and searching online for the home addresses of two Supreme Court justices and the “best” gun to kill African-Americans.
Prosecutors say Hasson is a white supremacist who had a hit list that included Waters, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and anchors from CNN and MSNBC, among others.
Outrage! Judge Day ordered release of a white supremacist who threatened to kill me, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Rep. AOC, Rep. Omar, pres candidates, & journalists! 15 guns found in his home & he has ties to other neo-Nazis. Why is Barr silent? What must we do? My statement: pic.twitter.com/71EZJuxyxs
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) April 26, 2019
Waters, the chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, called Hasson a “menace,” warning that he should be considered too dangerous to be allowed out of detention.
“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,” Waters said in a statement.
Waters noted that she has been the target of “several very serious threats from across the country” in the last year, including from a man who mailed explosive devices to media figures and top Democrats.
“Members of Congress must now recognize that many of us who have taken hardline positions against the Trump administration are walking targets and we must use every resource at our disposal to protect ourselves since we cannot expect any assistance from the current Administration,” Waters said. “Those of us in Congress and among the president’s ‘enemies of the people’ cannot be assured that Hasson would be kept at bay with the minimal level of oversight the federal judge would prescribe.”
According to court documents, Hasson conducted an internet search for “are Supreme Court justices protected” before searching for the home addresses of two unnamed justices. Prosecutors say that in August 2017 Hasson searched “white homeland” and “when are whites going to wake up.” Months later he allegedly searched “please god let there be a race war.”