Texas man charged in connection with threat to assassinate AOC

A Texas man who allegedly tweeted an assassination threat against U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Twitter is in custody on multiple federal charges.

Garret Miller, who allegedly participated in the universally condemned riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, was charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted buildings or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. obstructing or impeding any official proceeding, and certain acts during civil disorder.

The 11-page criminal complaint  with a statement of facts submitted by an FBI special agent contains images purportedly of Miller inside the Capitol during the melee plus screencaps of his social media activity. “In examining Miller’s Facebook account, there are many posts relating to his involvement in criminal activities at the Capitol,” the complaint contends.

The complaint notes that there is probable cause to believe the suspect violated 18 U.S.C. Section 875(c) by threatening someone with a communication transmitted in interstate commerce (which is a way in legalese to assert federal jurisdiction). Apparently the threat to emerged after AOC tweeted out “impeach.”

Among other things, Miller, 34, who is from a Dallas suburb, also allegedly claimed that the Capitol police officer who shot and killed a Trump supporter deserved to die and should be hung. He also allegedly vowed to “bring the guns” next time.  Initially, Miller claimed on social media that those who stormed the Capitol “acted with honor,” were “gentle with the police” and “unarmed.” As you can expect, Twitter has suspended his account.

Reacting to a screencap of Miller’s purported Facebook post in which he commented that he “wanted to incriminate myself a little,” AOC tweeted “well, you did.”

Watch a report on the case from Fox 4, Dallas-Fort Worth:

Miller’s lawyer offered a conciliatory take on the disturbing situation, insisting that his client was, in part, engaging in overstatement:

“Mr. Miller takes responsibility for his actions taken on January 6 on behalf of his support for former President Trump and wants to move forward and put this behind him. He has the support of his family and his comments reflect misguided political hyperbole that will not be repeated.”

Miller is due back in court on Monday. He is one of more than 100 individuals who have been charged so far in connection with the riot at the Capitol. The federal investigation is ongoing.

In a subsequent Instagram post, AOC said that she feared for her life during the mob violence on January 6 and that she thought she might not make it through the day alive. The lawmaker also declined to attended Joe Biden’s inauguration because she said she was afraid of her Republican colleagues.

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