Man Arrested for Plotting to Kill Nancy Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez
Maryland former Coast Guard lieutenant had huge stash of weapons of Democrat hit list
A Maryland man has been arrested after he was caught plotting to kill several prominent Democrats and high-profile media figures including Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, according to reports.
Police seized a huge stash of firearms and weapons in the home of Christopher Paul Hasson, a former U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant, along with evidence that he was planning to commit domestic terrorism.
Federal law enforcement agents reported finding a locked briefcase filled with more than 30 bottles of human growth hormone and opioid pills.
None of the drugs seized by authorities had been prescribed by doctors, according to police.
Among Hasson's belongings, was a manifesto written by Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik (who murdered 77 people in Norway in July 2011).
Investigators also discovered a spreadsheet created by Hasson that contained a list of people he planned to target, according to court documents.
Court documents state that Scarborough was allegedly added to the list after he referred to President Donald Trump “the worst ever.”
WaPo also reported that Hasson called for “focused violence” in order to “establish a white homeland.”
He also allegedly wrote, “I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on earth.”
According to the Daily Wire, Hasson also searched for “best place in dc to see congress people,” “are supreme court justices protected,” and “where is morning joe filmed.”
Scarborough is the host of “Morning Joe.”
Hasson was arrested last Friday by the Baltimore FBI field office and the Coast Guard Investigative Service.
The arrest was first reported by Seamus Hughes, a former senior counterterrorism advisor to the Senate Homeland Security Committee and U.S. government intelligence policy officer who now works for the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.
Hughes reported that Hasson was initially arrested “for drug and gun charges,” but the case quickly turned.
“It looked like a run of the mill case until the detention memo filed yesterday. He had a hit list, contacts with white supremacists, guns, and, again, was an Coastie assigned to HQ,” Hughes tweeted.
A @gwupoe scoop: A LT in the US Coast Guard was arrested this week for drug and gun charges. It looked like a run of the mill case until the detention memo filed yesterday. He had a hit list, contacts with white supremacists, guns, and, again, was an Coastie assigned to HQ.— Seamus Hughes (@SeamusHughes) February 20, 2019
Hughes also provided screenshots of the court documents relating to Hasson’s arrest, including the first page, which says in the first paragraph that Hasson “is a domestic terrorist bent on committing acts dangerous to human life.”
Hint about the importance of the case was in the opening paragraph. “The defendant is a domestic terrorist bent on committing acts dangerous to human life” pic.twitter.com/QUZk2j92u2— Seamus Hughes (@SeamusHughes) February 20, 2019
Hasson, according to the affidavit, drafted a letter “to a known American neo-Nazi leader,” in which he described himself “as a White Nationalist for over 30 years.”
He sent himself the letter seven weeks after the Charlottesville alt-right rally (which left one counter protester dead).
LT. Christopher Hasson wrote a draft letter to a well known American neo nazi advocating for a white state. pic.twitter.com/WhUlcnBFJQ— Seamus Hughes (@SeamusHughes) February 20, 2019
At the time of Hasson’s arrest, police seized 15 firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, according to the Post.
Hasson was living in “a cramped basement apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland,” according to court documents.
Authorities also discovered a cache of various steroids and narcotics. Breivik, the Norwegian terrorist, took such items to enhance his ability to commit his attacks.
“When law enforcement raided Hasson’s apartment, they said they found a locked container loaded with more than 30 vials of what appeared to be human growth hormones,” the Post reported.
"He has also ordered more than 4,200 pills of the narcotic Tramadol since 2016, along with synthetic urine to allegedly bypass possible random drug screenings at work."
Yashar Ali, a reporter for New York Magazine and the Huffington Post, tweeted out a list of the people named as Hasson’s targets, which included most of the announced Democrat 2020 presidential candidates and numerous MSNBC and CNN personalities.
Media people on his target list: @JoeNBC, @chrislhayes, @donlemon, @VanJones68, @ChrisCuomo, @AriMelber— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 20, 2019
Politicians include: @AOC, @ewarren, @IlhanMN, @KamalaHarris, @SenGillibrand, @SenSchumer, @BetoORourke, @CoryBooker, @SpeakerPelosi, @timkaine, @SenBlumenthal https://t.co/q4QjhJedpw
Hasson had allegedly been planning some kind of attack for years, writing in a draft email in June 2017 that he was considering a “bombing/sniper campaign.”