REVEALED: Navy contractor arrested at Capitol riot is a white supremacist with secret-level security clearance
Supporters of President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Tyler Merbler/WikiMedia Commons)

According to a report from Politico, a late-Friday filing by the Justice Department revealed that one of the Capitol insurrectionists taken into custody for the Jan 6th riot has an extensive history as a white supremacist that did not hinder him from getting a high-level security clearance allowing him to do work for the U.S. military.

The report notes that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has turned up evidence that U.S. Army reservist Timothy Hale-Cusanelli has an extensive history of hate speech directed at Jews, among others, based upon interviews with over 44 associates.

Hale-Cusanelli was taken into custody on Jan. 15th, and the latest filing by government lawyers was made in an effort to block his release.

At the time of his arrest, he was described as an "'avowed white supremacist' and Nazi sympathizer," the report states before adding, "But Friday's filing — a bid to keep Hale-Cusanelli in prison while awaiting trial — included newly revealed results of an extensive NCIS investigation following Hale-Cusanelli's arrest."

According to Politico, "Of those interviewed, 34 agreed Hale-Cusanelli held 'extremist or radical views pertaining to the Jewish people, minorities, and women.' One contractor colleague said he discussed his dislike for Jews every day. A supervisor told investigators she had to admonish him for sporting a 'Hitler' mustache (images of which prosecutors extracted from Hale-Cusanelli's phone)."

In their filing government lawyers wrote, "A Navy Petty Officer stated that Defendant talked constantly about Jewish people and remembered Defendant saying 'Hitler should have finished the job'."

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