Coast Guard lieutenant accused of plotting terror attack will not be released pending trial: Report

Coast Guard lieutenant accused of plotting terror attack will not be released pending trial: Report

A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of plotting a terror attack on numerous Democratic lawmakers and media figures will remain in custody pending trial, a federal judge ruled Monday, reversing an earlier decision releasing him, according to Buzzfeed News.

U.S. District Judge Jarrod Hazel ruled Monday that no conditions of release could ensure Christopher Hasson would not be a threat and expressed concerns that the government could not confirm the whereabouts of two of his guns. Hazel also said it was “relevant and troubling” that Hasson allegedly compiled a hit list two weeks after reading a passage about targeting “category A traitors” in a manifesto by far-right Norwegian domestic terrorist Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011.

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Hasson’s lawyer, Elizabeth Oyer, argued that the government was seeking to detain Hasson based on a “gut feeling” and that reading manifestos like Breivik’s was not illegal, adding that it was not uncommon for people to make lists of their political enemies.

Hasson was arrested in February, with investigators saying he had stockpiled weapons and compiled a hit list of figures such as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThis week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request Judd Gregg: An Irish friend and wisdom Juan Williams: Warren on the rise MORE (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' MORE (D-N.Y.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown Young activists press for change in 2020 election Ocasio-Cortez calls out Steve King, Liz Cheney amid controversy over concentration camp remarks MORE (D-N.Y.), and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown MORE (D-Calif.). Prosecutors said there were at least 15 firearms and 1,000 rounds of ammunition in his home. In April, Magistrate Judge Charles Day agreed with Hasson’s public defender that because Hasson has not been charged on any terrorism-related counts, the government could not continue to detain him.

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

Day ordered that Hasson remain confined to his home with electronic monitoring but the U.S. government appealed the ruling to Hazel's court.