Capitol Rioter Charged With Threatening Congresswoman

Garret Miller allegedly wanted to kill Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2021 7:40 AM CST
Capitol Rioter Charged After Threat To 'Assassinate' AOC
This photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office shows Garret Miller.   (Dallas County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A Texas man authorities say was among the mob that swarmed the US Capitol has been charged with threatening New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Per CNN, Garret Miller tweeted "Assassinate AOC" in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot in response to the Democrat's call to "impeach" Donald Trump. Miller, 34, was arrested Wednesday and charged in DC federal court, per Courthouse News. The criminal complaint paints a vivid picture of Miller's alleged crimes, mostly using his own tweets, Instagram, and Facebook posts. Among the social media posts cited were his tweet at AOC, Miller's statement that "we stormed it" in reference to the Capitol, as well as references to killing the police officer who fatally shot rioter Ashli Babbitt. Miller reportedly also wrote "just wanted to incriminate myself a little lol" in a Facebook post about the day's events.

AOC responded following Miller's arrest, tweeting "Well, you did!" Surveillance footage and stills from video taken by rioters are also among the many images of Miller cited in the complaint, which charges him with entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, obstructing or impeding an official proceeding, and certain acts during civil disorder. Miller's attorney says his client regrets his actions and takes full responsibility. “His social media comments reflect very ill-considered political hyperbole in very divided times and will certainly not be repeated in the future. He looks forward to putting all of this behind him," attorney Clinton Broden said in a statement. Miller is due back in a Dallas court on Monday. (Read more Capitol riot stories.)

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