A man accused of participating in the siege on the U.S. Capitol is facing an additional charge in connection with New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Garret Miller, of Texas, threatened to “assassinate AOC” in online threats, according to court documents.
In additional comments posted online, Miller threatened that “next time we bring the guns” and said a “civil war could start,” according to prosecutors.
Four days before the siege on the Capitol he posted on Facebook that he was “about to drive across the country for this trump [expletive]. Some crazy [expletive] going to happen this week.”
Miller is charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted buildings or grounds without lawful authority, obstructing or impeding any official proceeding and certain acts during civil disorder.
On the streets of Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, thousands gathered in protest as Congress counted the electoral votes to confirm President Joe Biden’s victory. Some engaged in violence with police, throwing punches and spraying pepper spray at officers.
The crowd descended on the Capitol building, overtaking the building.
Elected representatives were seen crouched under desks and donning gas masks while Capitol police barricaded the doors. In the hours the pro-Trump insurrectionists were inside the building, photos showed members of the group taking the seats of lawmakers and hoisting American, Confederate and Trump campaign flags around the building.
Glass panes of a House door were shattered and other structures were left damaged.
Five people died, including a Capitol Police officer, a woman shot by law enforcement and three others who suffered medical emergencies.
After the crowds were cleared from the building, lawmakers returned and confirmed Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election early Thursday. Vice President Mike Pence announced the Electoral College tally of 306-232.
“You did not win,” Pence said when the Senate reopened and he addressed the Pro-Trump rioters.