Army reservist with security clearance charged in connection with riot at U.S. Capitol

Army reservist with security clearance charged in connection with riot at U.S. Capitol.
Capitol Police make their way through protesters at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021, in Washington, DC. Photo credit Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

By Ben Krimmel

An Army reservist, who has a "secret" security clearance and “access to a variety of munitions,” faces charges for his role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, according to court documents.

Timothy Louis Hale-Cusanelli, 30 of Colts Neck, New Jersey, traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in a rally and protest where he illegally entered the U.S. Capitol, according to a criminal complaint written by Special Agent Daniel J. Meyers of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

According to the arrest warrant, Hale-Cusanelli showed an informant cell phone videos which depicted him "making harassing and derogatory statements toward Capitol Police officers both inside and outside the Capitol building."

The source reported to federal authorities Hale-Cusanelli is "an avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer who posts video opinion statements on YouTube proffering extreme political opinions and viewpoints.”

In a recorded conversation with the informant, Hale-Cusanelli admits to “entering the Capitol and encouraging other members of the mob to ‘advance’ – giving directions via both voice and hand signals.”

Hale-Cusanelli told the informant "if they’d had more men they could have taken over the entire building," according to court documents.

Hale-Cusanelli, who works as a contractor at Naval Weapons Station Earle, is facing five federal chargers: Knowingly entering a restricted government building; engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct with intent to impede or disrupt government business; disorderly or disruptive conduct in the Capitol building; illegal demonstration in the Capitol building; and obstructing law enforcement.

The statement of facts filed by Special Agent Meyers on Jan. 15 offered no details about the kind of munitions Hale-Cusanelli had access to and did not elaborate about his "secret" security clearance.