CNN reported Sunday that one of the white supremacists who stormed the U.S. Capitol was not only a Nazi sympathizer sporting a Hitler mustache, he worked as a federal contractor at a Navy base.
It was a report that MSNBC's Rachel Maddow found concerning because Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, who was arrested on Jan. 17 and prosecutors are arguing that he shouldn't be freed on bail while awaiting trial.
One Navy seaman reported that Hale-Cusanelli told him "he would kill all the Jews and eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and he wouldn't need to season them because the salt from their tears would make it flavorful enough."
According to the CNN report, Hale-Cusanelli was a well-known Nazi among people on base, but he was still granted the "secret" security clearance necessary to do his job.
Prosecutors discovered that Hale-Cusanelli's wasn't merely a Nazi sympathizer, he pushed the conspiracy theory that Jewish people were behind the Sept. 11 attacks, the ADL revealed.
These were all things that should have popped up in a background check for his security clearance level. It prompted Maddow to ask what would be considered a problem in a background check.
So if all this was OK, what *would* be a problem for getting a security clearance? https://t.co/UhizELTuNV— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@Rachel Maddow MSNBC)1615771300.0