Man Linked to Capitol Riot Talked Often About Hating Jews, Coworkers Tell Navy Investigators

Former co-workers of a man charged in the Capitol riot explained that the Army reservist had previously shown a white supremacist ideology and spoken openly about hating Jews.

According to the Justice Department, Timothy Hale-Cusanelli was arrested in January and charged with civil disorder, aiding and abetting, and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, and disorderly conduct in connection to the January 6 insurrection.

On March 2, according to Politico, Hale-Cusanelli's lawyer, Jonathan Zucker, had motioned his client to be released without bail before trial, or to have him released into a third-party's custody through a High Intensity Supervision Program.

However, a March 12 filing by the government opposed Hale-Cusanelli's motion. It stated an NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigation Service) investigation into Hale-Cusanelli's alleged involvement in the riot following a tip from a "Confidential Human Source."

The recent filing noted that on January 20 and 21, 44 of Hale-Cusanelli's co-workers were interviewed as part of the NCIS investigation. The filing said that 34 of the former co-workers described the reservist "as having extremist or radical views pertaining to the Jewish people, minorities, and women." The report included more graphic and alarming reports of anti-Semitism from the defendant.

The filing included notes that one Navy Seaman said that Hale-Cusanelli had allegedly detailed a fantasy about being a Nazi, where he explained that "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."

A Petty Officer told investigators that Hale-Cusanelli once said "Hitler should have finished the job."

The filing also included photographs of Hale-Cusanelli with his face shaved into what appears to be a "Hitler mustache," which an HBC contractor also spoke about in the NCIS investigation.

On March 7, Zucker had submitted a letter from Sgt. John Getz, who was one of Hale-Cusanelli's supervisors. In the letter, Getz spoke out against claims that the suspect was a white supremacist and defended his character. However, the March 12 filing cited Getz as one of the 44 people questioned by NCIS about Hale-Cusanelli and said that his claims contradicted contents of the letter.

In his letter, Getz wrote: "Never have I seen Mr. Hale treat any of his African-American co-workers differently than anybody else, nor have I heard any distasteful jokes or language leave his mouth."

Despite claiming to have never heard a distasteful joke, Getz said that the defendant had made racial jokes and had been told to stop on occasions for actions such as going to up to a new employee and asking "You're not Jewish, are you?"

Getz also said he knew the defendant "was a Nazi sympathizer and Holocaust denier, but nothing about S/HALECUSANELLI's statements struck him as dangerous."

Other instances of white supremacist ideology and offensive material allegedly saved on Cusanelli's phone were also shared in the filing, including anti-Semitic memes and disturbing content regarding the death of George Floyd.

"WHEREFORE, the United States respectfully requests that this Court enter an order declaring that Defendant be detained without bond pending trial," the conclusion of the filing read.

Newsweek reached out to Hale-Cusanelli's attorney for comment.

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A large group of pro-Trump protesters stand on the East steps of the Capitol Building after storming its grounds on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Jon Cherry/Getty Images