.On January 12, 2021, NCIS received information from an individual who has been enrolled as a Confidential Human Source ("CHS") with NCIS. The CHS reported that Cusanelli told the CHS that he was present at the riot at the United States Capitol Building and, as part of the riot, he entered the Capitol building itself. He then showed the informant videos on his cell phone which depicted himself making harassing and derogatory statements toward Capitol Police officers both inside and outside the Capitol building.
During a meeting on January 12, 2021, the informant reported that Cusanelli an avowed white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer who posts video opinion statements on YouTube proffering extreme political opinions and viewpoints under the title the "Based Hermes Show."
Cusanelli also posts similar content in other forums, including forums focused on the anti-Orthodox Jewish community in Ocean County, including Jackson, Toms River, and Lakewood.
NCIS contends that prior to traveling to the rally and protest on January 6, 2021, Cusanelli wrote "Trust the plan, it's the final countdown, stay tuned next episode" and "Trust the plan, major announcement soon."
On January 14, 2021, the NCIS informant was able to utilize an NCIS-approved recording device to record a conversation between himself and Cusanelli.
During this conversation, he admitted to entering the Capitol and encouraging other members of the mob to "advance" " giving directions via both voice and hand signals. He also told the CHS that if they'd had more men they could have taken over the entire building. Cusanelli also admitted to taking a flag and flagpole that he observed another rioter throw "like a javelin" at a Capitol Police officer, which he described as a "murder weapon."