He’s A Capitol Rioter, Navy Contractor & Jew-Hating White Supremacist With A Security Clearance
Lots of questions are being asked about how an alleged Capitol rioter, who is a self-professed white supremacist, was able to obtain and maintain a secret-level security clearance, work at a naval weapons facility with access to munitions and be a U.S. Army reservist.
Timothy Hale-Cusanelli of Colts Neck, N.J., faces a number charges in connection with his role in breaching the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, an attempted insurrection that caused the deaths of five people, including three Capitol Police officers. New evidence contained in a filing on Friday by federal prosecutors states that Hale-Cusanelli, who worked as a security contractor at the Naval Weapons Station Earle in New Jersey, is an “avowed white supremacist” who hates Jews, is a Nazi sympathizer who told a Navy Petty Officer that “Hitler should have finished the job” and sported a Hitler-style mustache at work.
The man routinely expressed those views on a YouTube channel and other social media platforms, although they appear to have been scrubbed. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) interviewed 44 of his coworkers at NWS Earle in central New Jersey, 34 of whom agreed that he held “extremist or radical views pertaining to the Jewish people, minorities and women.” One supervisor told NCIS investigators that she admonished him for sporting the Hitler mustache while on the job.
Hale-Cusanelli’s participation in the riot came to light Jan. 12, when investigators received information from a confidential source that the Navy contractor admitted he traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally. Prior to heading south on Interstate 95, he wrote: “Trust the plan, it’s the final countdown, stay tuned next episode” and “Trust the plan, major announcement coming soon.”
Two days later that same source recorded Hale-Cusanelli admitting that he entered the Capitol and encouraged other members of the mob to “advance” using both voice and hand signals. He also said that if they had more men, they could have taken over the entire building.
Hale-Cusanelli was arrested and charged Jan. 15. He remains behind bars and Friday’s filing was part of federal prosecutors’ efforts to ensure that he remains locked up before his trial.