‘Hit list’ Coast Guardsman to be released before trial


The Coast Guard lieutenant and self-proclaimed white nationalist who was busted with a cache of weapons and a hit list of Democratic politicians and journalists may be released from custody before his trial, a Maryland judge ruled Thursday.

Christopher Hasson, 50, was not hit with any terrorism-related charges and is therefore entitled to be cut loose pending his trial on firearms and drug charges, federal Judge Charles Day ruled.

Hasson was arrested on Feb. 15 at his Silver Spring, Maryland, home, when investigators found 15 firearms, 30 bottles labeled HGH, or human growth hormone, along with 100 tablets of the painkiller tramadol.

Prosecutors alleged Hasson created a hit list on Microsoft Excel that included left-leaning politicians and media personalities, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and journalists Chris Hayes, “Joey,” thought to be Joe Scarborough, Van Jones and Chris Cuomo.

Day did not release Hasson immediately, instead giving his lawyer days to come up with acceptable conditions for his release. He added that he was inclined to order Hasson to house arrest with an ankle bracelet.

Christopher Hasson
Christopher HassonU.S. District Court for Maryland

Day added that he had “grave concerns” about the allegations brought by prosecutors and that prior to his release, Hasson is “going to have to have a whole lot of supervision”

His lawyer, Liz Oyer, welcomed the decision.

“They have not come forward with evidence that Mr. Hasson is a domestic terrorist because he is not,” Oyer said in court.

Assistant US Attorney Thomas Windom argued Hasson’s intentions were clear from what authorities recovered in his home.

“The dots were connected directly by the defendant with his own writings,” Windom said.

With Post wires