‘Many of us who have taken hardline positions against the Trump administration are walking targets…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., blasted a liberal federal judge’s decision to release a Coast Guard officer suspected of violent threats against her and other prominent Democrats, blaming the Trump administration despite the fact that the judge was an Obama appointee recommended by two Democratic senators.
The judge, Charles Day, ruled Thursday that Christopher Hasson will be released on bail and will be kept under “close supervision.”
According to CNN, Day ruled that it was unreasonable to continue detaining Hasson since the government pursued gun and drug charges against him instead of terrorism-related counts.
“There is no credible justification that can explain why a federal judge would allow someone as clearly dangerous and unrepentant as Hasson to walk free while he awaits trial,” Waters said in a statement.
Hasson allegedly created a hit list that included Waters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
Waters blamed the Trump administration for not doing enough to protect Democrats from “several very serious threats from across the country.”
“Members of Congress must now recognize that many of us who have taken hardline positions against the Trump administration are walking targets and we must use every resource at our disposal to protect ourselves since we cannot expect any assistance from the current Administration,” Waters said. “Those of us in Congress and among the president’s ‘enemies of the people’ cannot be assured that Hasson would be kept at bay with the minimal level of oversight the federal judge would prescribe.”
Day, however, was an Obama appointee that Waters likely would have voted for, if given the chance.
Obama nominated Day in 2010 after he was recommended by Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, two liberal Maryland senators.
Day said Hasson’s release is dependent on stringent supervision.
“He’s got to have a whole lot of supervision,” Day said, according to CNN. “Somebody who’s got eyes and ears on him like nobody’s business.”