Judge agrees to release Coast Guard officer accused of plotting domestic terrorism

Judge agrees to release Coast Guard officer accused of plotting domestic terrorism

A federal judge on Thursday agreed to release a Coast Guard lieutenant who was accused of plotting domestic terrorism

Christopher Hasson, who was accused in February of stockpiling weapons and drawing up a political hit list, will be released on bail, according to a Baltimore NBC affiliate

Following his arrest, Hasson faced gun and drug charges to which he has pleaded not guilty, according to CNN. But because he has still not been charged with any terrorism-related counts his public defender argued that the government could not continue to detain him.

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According to CNN, Judge Charles Day, an Obama appointee, said that while he still had "grave concerns" about the alleged actions, the government had not made a case for continuing to detain Hasson. 

Hasson is a self-proclaimed white nationalist and called for the use of violence to “establish a white homeland,” prosecutors said. Officials said they found a list of prominent Democrats and journalists Hasson wanted to kill, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump praises 'domination' of DC protesters Pelosi, Schumer say treatment of protesters outside White House 'dishonors every value that faith teaches us' Democrats call for Congress to take action following death of George Floyd MORE (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerPelosi, Schumer say treatment of protesters outside White House 'dishonors every value that faith teaches us' Is the 'endless frontier' at an end? Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not MORE (D-N.Y.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezNew York City issues Monday night curfew amid protests Engel primary challenger drops out, endorses fellow challenger Trump says he will designate antifa a terrorist organization MORE (D-N.Y.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris: Trump 'just tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo op' Harris, Jeffries question why Manafort, Cohen released while others remain in prison George Floyd's death ramps up the pressure on Biden for a black VP MORE (D-Calif.) and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSchumer calls on McConnell to schedule vote on law enforcement reform bill before July 4 This week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic City leaders, Democratic lawmakers urge Trump to tamp down rhetoric as protests rage across US MORE (D-N.J.).

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenGeorge Floyd's death ramps up the pressure on Biden for a black VP Judd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP MORE (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) were allegedly listed as “poca warren” and “Sen blumen jew,” respectively on the hit list. 

Prosecutors also said they found at least 15 firearms and at least 1,000 rounds of ammunition in his home. 

Hasson's lawyer will offer options for his supervised release at a later hearing, according to CNN.

"He's got to have a whole lot of supervision," the judge said. "Somebody who's got eyes and ears on him like nobody's business."

He planned to order that Hasson remain confined to his home with electronic monitoring, according to The Associated Press. It is not clear when Hasson would be released.

Updated at 4:06 p.m.