Texas man charged over Capitol riot and ‘urging Ocasio-Cortez assassination’

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A 34-year-old Texas man has been arrested for allegedly taking part in the storming of the US Capitol this month and posting violent threats, including a call to assassinate Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Garret Miller, who is from the Dallas suburb of Richardson, was arrested on Friday after being named in a five-count federal complaint.

Authorities allege that Miller posted photos and videos on his social media accounts that show him inside the Capitol during the January 6 storming of the building by supporters of then-president Donald Trump.

It is also alleged that he called for violence in online posts, including a tweet that simply read: “Assassinate AOC,” a reference to Ms Ocasio-Cortez.

In another tweet, Miller posted: “They are right next time we bring the guns,” an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit.

Miller also threatened a US Capitol police officer during an exchange on Instagram, writing that he planned to “hug his neck with a nice rope”, the affidavit states.

After posting a photo on Facebook showing him inside the Capitol, Miller responded to a comment on the picture with: “just want to incriminate myself a little lol,” according to an FBI affidavit.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez posted Miller’s charging documents on Twitter on Friday and then tweeted: “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.”

Miller’s lawyer, Clint Broden, said his client regrets the actions he took “in a misguided effort to show his support for former President Trump.

“His social media comments reflect very ill-considered political hyperbole in very divided times and will certainly not be repeated in the future,” Mr Broden said.

“He looks forward to putting all of this behind him.

“We are hopeful that, given his family support and regret for his actions, he will be released so that he can resolve the charges against him in a timely fashion.”

Miller is scheduled to appear at a detention hearing on Monday.

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