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Maxine Waters accuses Trump admin of neglecting threats, says Democrats must protect themselves instead

She released a scathing statement

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) released a scathing statement blaming the Trump administration for the release of a suspect that had threatened to kill politicians, saying that Democrats needed to protect themselves instead.

"Outrage!" Waters tweeted from her official social media account Friday.

"Judge Day ordered release of a white supremacist who threatened to kill me, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Rep. AOC, Rep. Omar, pres candidates, & journalists! 15 guns found in his home & he has ties to other neo-Nazis," she continued. "Why is Barr silent? What must we do?"

She posted a statement with more details about the release of Christopher Hasson, a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested for allegedly planning mass attacks on politicians and government figures.

On Thursday a judge ruled that Hasson would be able to be released on bail, angering many who thought the decision was too lenient given the charges.

"This is an outrage and the Judge's decision cannot stand," Waters said in her statement.

"The Department of Justice must take action, lest anyone presume the Administration implicitly condones the federal judge's decision to go easy on a white nationalist," she continued. "Moreover, 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 did not elaborate on what "resource" members of Congress could use to protect themselves.

The judge will determine what supervision Hasson will have to undergo in order to be released.

He's got to have a whole lot of supervision," Judge Charles Day said. "Somebody who's got eyes and ears on him like nobody's business."

Here's more about the controversial Hasson decision:

Judge rules in favor of bail for USCG Lt. Christopher Hasson

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