This Dallas County Sheriff’s Office photo shows Garret Miller. Miller was arrested for allegedly participating in the storming of the U.S. Capitol earlier that month and issuing violent threats, including a call to assassinate New York Democratic MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Dallas County Sheriff’s Office via AP
A Texas man accused of breaking into the Capitol and threatening Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Monday that he had effectively followed orders from then-President Donald Trump when he joined a mob that stormed Congress on January 6th.
Garret Miller also apologized to Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., for writing “Assassinate AOC” on a Twitter post. He said he was ready to testify in Congress or in a trial about the insurrection.
On a social media account, Miller, 34, had also threatened a Capitol police officer who fatally shot a fellow soldier and said he intended to “hug his neck with a nice rope,” authorities said.
The Richardson resident’s apology came when a Dallas federal judge ordered him to be detained without bail pending trial after determining he posed both a community hazard and an aviation risk, according to the Northern District Attorney’s Office from Texas.
Müller is one of dozens of people charged with participating in the uprising that began shortly after Trump’s White House rally to urge supporters to pressure Congress to elect Joe Biden as president to refuse.
In a statement released by defense attorney Clinton Broden, Miller said he was motivated by Trump’s false claims to have been cheated out of re-election by election fraud and said, “I am ashamed of my comments.”
“I was in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, believing I was following former President Trump’s instructions and he was my President and Commander-in-Chief. His statements also led me to believe that his election was stolen,” Miller said.
“Even so, I fully acknowledge that Joe Biden is now President of the United States and that the elections are over. Donald Trump is no longer President and I would have no reason to follow his example.”
“Although I never intended to harm Congressman Ocasio-Cortez or harm members of the Capitol Police, I recognize that my social media posts were completely inappropriate. They were made at a time when Donald Trump made me believe that an American election was stolen, “he said.
Miller said, “I want to publicly apologize to Congressman Ocasio-Cortez and Capitol Police officers. I have always supported law enforcement and am ashamed of my comments.”
He also said in the statement that he was not armed when he entered the Capitol and stayed in his rotunda.
He said he left Washington and returned to Texas “immediately after President Trump asked us to go home.”
Miller, who was arrested last Wednesday, said he was neither interested nor involved in politics “until recently”.
“Still, I was really impressed by what Donald Trump said about the election and I felt I had to support him. Still, I realize that I am solely responsible for my actions and that there are no excuses for what I did, “he added.
“I come from a good, supportive family. My parents and brothers do not deserve the pain I caused them. I take full responsibility for my actions and am willing to testify at any trial or congressional process,” Miller said.
Miller is charged in the US District Court in Washington, DC with knowingly entering or entering restricted buildings or property without legal authority; forced entry and disorderly behavior for Capitol reasons; Obstruction or obstruction of an official process; certain acts during civil unrest and threats to international trade.
Ocasio-Cortez had responded to Miller being accused of threatening them by writing on Twitter: “On the one hand you have to laugh, on the other hand you know they were so brazen because they thought they would succeed.”
Ocasio-Cortez has said that she feared for her life during the uprising and that members of Congress were “almost murdered”.
“I didn’t know if I would make it to the end of this day alive, not just in general but in a very specific sense,” she said on an Instagram Live video on Jan. 12. without giving further details.
Trump was charged by the House of Representatives with inciting insurgency. He is due to be tried next month in the Senate, where he is threatened with being banned from ever being president again.