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Federal prosecutors alleged Wednesday that Lt. Christopher Hasson, a member of the Coast Guard arrested last week on drug and gun charges, was, in fact, a terrorist with a long list of major Democratic politicians and media personalities from MSNBC and CNN that he wanted to target.

“The defendant is a domestic terrorist bent on committing acts dangerous to human life,” prosecutors said in a new court filing.

The case was pointed out by Seamus Hughes with the Program on Extremism at George Washington University on Twitter.

According to the filing, Hasson had a large stash of guns and a list of people he wanted to kill, including MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, CNN’s Don Lemon, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and many Democratic candidates for president. They also say he was an admirer of the white supremacist terrorist Anders Breivik.

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He was an fan of Anders Breivik

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When he was arrested this week in Silver Spring MD, he had a stash of guns and a list of people he wanted to kill. It was a who’s who of media personalities and elected officials. pic.twitter.com/Y8iEgqktlR

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An incident described in the filing also suggests that Hasson may have an affinity for President Donald Trump. Prosecutors say that after viewing a story about Scarborough calling Trump “the worst ever,” Hasson looked up information about Scarborough, including where his show “Morning Joe” was filmed and the commentator’s former address.

It also says that Hasson wrote a draft of a letter to an American neo-Nazi, describing himself as a “White Nationalist.” He allegedly said that he wanted to start a “white homeland” because  “Europe seems lost.” This letter, prosecutors say, was written in the months following the 2017 neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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