The Jan. 6 rioter, who openly sported a “Hitler mustache” while working at a naval base, was convicted on all charges on Friday after testifying he wasn’t aware Congress was meeting in the Capitol — and blamed his ignorance for growing up in New Jersey.
Timothy Hale-Cusanelli made the startling allegation after taking the stand in his own defense at his trial in federal court in Washington, DC last week.
“I know this sounds silly, but I’m from New Jersey,” Hale-Cusanelli said, according to WUSA-TV.
“Throughout my college days, I didn’t know that there actually is a building called the ‘Capitol.’ It’s embarrassing and idiotic.”
After the verdict, federal judge Trevor McFadden called the testimony “highly dubious” and suggested that a more severe sentence be imposed.
Hale-Cusanelli had “secret” security clearance to work at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck, NJ, and was serving as an Army reservist prior to his arrest for storming the Capitol to certify President Joe Biden’s election victory about disturbing former President Donald Trump.
He was caught on camera shouting profanities at police officers and yelling, “The revolution will be televised!”
Prosecutor’s court filings also portrayed him as a white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer who dreams of a second American Civil War and whose cellphone showed photos of him with an Adolf Hitler-style mustache and haircut while serving at the April 2020 Work also smirked for the camera while scowling and cupping his hand over his heart.
McFadden forbade prosecutors from using the photos as evidence, but jurors learned of text messages in which Hale-Cusanelli told his friends how the 2020 election results could be overturned and racial, anti-Semitic, and homophobic slurs directed at Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and other Democrats.
The jury also saw video of him attempting to wave other rioters into the Capitol through a skylight and heard an incriminating post-riot conversation secretly recorded by his NWS Earle roommate, who assigned him to the Naval Criminal Investigation Service reported.
During his testimony, Hale-Cusanelli identified as half-Jewish and half-Puerto Rican, and defense attorney Jonathan Crisp described him as someone who “made extreme statements in order to garner attention.”
Crisp – who noted that Hale-Cusanelli wore a suit to peacefully protest the election results – also attributed his client’s decision to join the mob that stormed the Capitol to “groupthink” and a desire “to be heard.” “, responsible.
The jury deliberated less than six hours before convicting Hale-Cusanelli of one count of obstruction of official proceedings, one felony and four related misdemeanors.
A juror told WUSA he was concerned about Hale-Cusanelli’s use of anti-Semitic slurs given his testimony that he was half-Jewish.
Hale-Cusanelli’s adoptive aunt Cynthia Hughes – who runs the Patriot Freedom Project to support the families of the January 6 defendants – condemned the verdict outside the courthouse.
“There will never be a fair and impartial jury in this city,” she said.
Hale-Cusanelli, who has been held without bail since his arrest on January 15, 2021, is scheduled to be sentenced on September 16.
With postal wires
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