A Dallas man who brilliantly posted a Facebook selfie from the Capitol riot -- fully five days after the fact and while bantering, "just wanted to incriminate myself a little lol" -- has been arrested on a list of federal charges that somehow don't seem to include mention of "abject stupidity."
But the feds' complaint against Garret Miller, 34, of Richardson, Texas does include a count for threatening to assassinate Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a Capitol police officer. It also includes charges related to obstructing an official proceeding, interfering with law enforcement, illegal entry and the like.
Here's the original filing.
The criminal complaint hasn't been fully aired in the media, which is too bad: It's one entertaining read. In it, Miller leaves a robust trail of breadcrumbs for authorities. Here's some of its text:
"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."
So there was that. Also, to support the Facebook activity in which Miller joked about incriminating himself, there was this activity on Miller's Twitter account:
"On January 6, 2021, Miller repeatedly posted comments on Twitter using his Twitter account (@garretamiller). In one tweet, an individual posted, "The people storming The Capitol are not Patriots. They are PAID INFILTRATORS," to which Miller responded, "Nah we stormed it. We where [sic] gentle. We where [sic] unarmed. We knew what had to be done. A beautiful soul was lost today. We must know her name. She will not be forgotten." That's a reference to the protester killed by a Capitol police officer.
Also noted in the complaint was this tweet: "They are right next time we bring the guns."
Miller's now-deleted tweets to AOC were captured as well: "In a string of tweets (to Ocasio-Cortez), Miller first claims, "We acted with honor and we where [sic] not armed. We where [sic] gentle with the police. They murdered a child." He then further directed, "Assassinate AOC."
Here's some more of Miller's Facebook prose that was captured by the feds:
"On January 15, 2021, Miller admitted in a Facebook chat that he is "happy to make death threats so I been just off the rails tonight lol," and is "happy to be banned now [from Twitter]." When asked whether the police know his name, he responded, "[I]t might be time for me to .... Be hard to locate."
And this from the next day: "On January 16, 2021, Miller again got into a discussion on Facebook, about the USCP officer and said that the officer is "not going to survive long." Miller claimed that "millions" of people agree with him that the officer "deserve[s] to die" "so its [sic] huntin season." He then says that the woman who was killed "was a sister in battle were bravery achieve victory and she paid the ultimate price. . . . Dead serious she fought fir [sic] me, now I fight fir [sic] her[.]" He later claimed, "Well we got the traitor cop as a target and as long as we don't shoot him we don't get accused of firing the first shot. He shot first. His death prevents civil war by liberal history teller arguments."
As one might imagine, Miller's lawyer doesn't have the easiest task ahead of him, as suggested by this reporting in the New York Times:
"Mr. Miller's lawyer, F. Clinton Broden, said his client's "social media comments reflect very ill-considered political hyperbole in very divided times and will certainly not be repeated in the future. He accepts responsibility for his actions," he said.
"He said that Mr. Miller had not been asked to enter a plea yet and that his detention hearing was set for Monday.
"Mr. Miller regrets the acts he took in a misguided effort to show his support for former President Trump,' Mr. Broden said. "He has the full support of his family and has always been a law-abiding citizen."
"A spokeswoman for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to a message on Saturday night," the Times reported. "Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has said previously that she often receives death threats."
AOC did tweet about Miller:
“Just wanted to incriminate myself a little” Well, you did! https://t.co/Y0MbtHwsUr— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1611359933.0