Coast Guard Lieutenant Accused of Plotting Attack Was Not Actually Charged with Domestic Terrorism

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A cache of guns and ammunition uncovered by U.S. federal investigators in the home of U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant Christopher Paul Hasson in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S., is shown in the photo provided February 20, 2019. U.S. Attorney's Office Maryland/H

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Coast Guard Lieutenant Accused of Plotting Attack Was Not Actually Charged with Domestic Terrorism

The Coast Guard lieutenant accused of amassing an arsenal of illegal firearms and plotting the murder of Democratic politicians and high-profile broadcast journalists hasn't actually been charged with domestic terrorism, according to a Monday court filing.

Lt. Christopher Hasson, a self-identified white supremacist for "30 plus years" who was arrested on Feb. 15 for firearms and drug possession, was labeled a "domestic terrorist" in a February indictment by federal prosecutors, who alleged that Hasson "intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country."

But in Monday court filing, Hasson's attorney Liz Oyer requested U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day to release her client from federal custody given that federal prosecutors not only actually have not charged him with domestic terrorism, but have no plans to do so in the future.

Day had previously stated during a Feb. 21 hearing that, despite "clear and convincing evidence" that Hasson was a danger to the public, prosecutors had 14 days to actually charge him with domestic terrorism before he would reconsider the lieutenant's detention.

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