A Texas man accused of breaking into the Capitol and threatening MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Monday that he effectively followed orders from then-President Donald Trump when he joined a mob that stormed Congress on January 6th
Garret Miller, due to appear at a federal court hearing in Dallas, also apologized to Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., for writing “Assassinate AOC” on a Twitter post. He said he was ready to testify about the insurrection before Congress or a trial.
On a social media account, 34-year-old Miller also threatened a Capitol police officer who fatally shot and killed a fellow soldier and said he intended to “hug his neck with a nice rope,” authorities said.
The Richardson resident is one of dozen of people charged with participating in the riot that began shortly after Trump’s White House rally to urge supporters to pressure Congress to elect Joe Reject Biden to President.
In a statement released by defense attorney Clinton Broden, Miller said he was motivated by Trump’s false claims that he was re-elected by election fraud and said, “I am ashamed of my comments.”
“I was in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021 because I believed I was following the instructions of former President Trump 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 suit.”
“While 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 would like 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 like 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 faces trial in the US District Court in Washington, DC, of knowingly stepping into or staying in restricted buildings or properties without legal authority; Violent entry and disorderly behavior on Capitol grounds; Obstruction or obstruction of an official process; Certain acts during a civil incident; International Trade Threats.
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 bold 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 a general sense, but in a very, 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 a riot. He is due to be tried next month in the Senate, where he is threatened with being banned from ever being president again.