Garret Miller, the Texas man who tweeted about assassinating Rep.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been arrested for allegedly taking part in the storming of the US Capitol on January 6.
A criminal complaint filed by the Justice Department, shows multiple photos and videos of Miller inside the Capitol following the riot that he brazenly posted to social media. He is now facing charges of federal crimes. Garret Miller, the Texas man who tweeted about assassinating Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Jan. 6 faces charges in Capitol riot, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
After learning of the complaint, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “Just wanted to incriminate myself a little” Well, you did!
“Just wanted to incriminate myself a little”
Well, you did! https://t.co/Y0MbtHwsUr
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 22, 2021
According to NBC News: Miller, 34, was arrested Wednesday in Dallas and then transferred to the federal custody Friday where he is now facing charges in U.S. District Court related to the storming of the Capitol. Charges he is facing include: knowingly entering and remaining in restricted buildings without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, obstructing and impeding an official proceeding, and performing acts of civil disorder.
The complaint says: On January 8, 2021, the FBI received a referral from law enforcement indicating that an individual using the Twitter account “@garretamiller” posted a video from inside the U.S. Capitol. FBI agents viewed the video on Twitter, which was publicly-available. The video was posted on January 6, 2021 at about 6:56 p.m. It is fourteen seconds long and pans across a crowd who is inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, waving pro-Trump and American flags. The caption to the video is “From inside congress.”
It continues: “A subpoena return related to the Twitter account “@garretamiller,” where the video was posted, revealed that the account is associated with a cellular telephone number that is registered to GARRET A. MILLER of Dallas County, Texas, which the FBI confirmed through an AT&T subpoena. The Twitter account “@garretamiller” is also associated with Facebook account “facebook.com/garret.a.miller.” That Facebook account is associated with the same phone number and lists the user’s birthday as the same birthday as MILLER.”
In examining MILLER’s Facebook account, there are many posts relating to his involvement in criminal activities at the Capitol. For example, on January 2, 2021, MILLER posted to Facebook, “I am about to drive across the country for this trump shit. On Monday . . . Some crazy shit going to happen this week. Dollar might collapse. . . . civil war could start . . . not sure what to do in DC.” He also stated on January 3, 2021, that he was bring with him “a grappling hook and rope and a level 3 vest. Helmets mouth guard and bump cap,” but last time he came to D.C. for a pro-Trump rally he “had a lot of guns” with him.
After Miller posted the selfie above showing him inside the U.S. Capitol building, an individual on Facebook commented, “bro you got in?! Nice!,” to which Miller replied, “just wanted to incriminate myself a little lol.”
The complaint then goes on to say that Miller in a series of tweets responding to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, asserted that rioters “acted with honor and we where not armed. We where gentle with the police,”and following that, “Assassinate AOC.”
Ocasio-Cortez added: “On one hand you have to laugh, and on the other know that the reason they were this brazen is because they thought they were going to succeed.”
Last year Ocasio-Cortez said that death threats had become part of her routine noting: “I have an entire TV network dedicated to stoking hatred of me. A white supremacist w/ a popular network show regularly distorts me in dangerous ways, & it’s a normal part of my existence to get death threats from their audience.”
I have an entire TV network dedicated to stoking hatred of me. A white supremacist w/ a popular network show regularly distorts me in dangerous ways, & it’s a normal part of my existence to get death threats from their audience.
You don’t see me complaining abt “cancel culture”
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 10, 2020
According to the Washington Post: Miller’s arrest comes as federal officials fear hundreds of cases of rioters being charged could clog the court system, leaving them weighing potentially not charging some Capitol rioters to ease the burden.