In the days after the insurrection, Miller’s social media posts threatened the unnamed U.S. Capitol Police officer who shot rioter Ashli Babbitt with death, noting that “’millions’ of people agree with him that the officer ‘deserve(s) to die’ ‘so (it’s) huntin’ season.’” It was only in Donald Trump’s final days in office that it seemed that Miller realized that “it might be time for me to … Be hard to locate.”
It was too late. Miller was arrested on Inauguration Day.
On Friday, the Justice Department released four of the charges Miller faces:
- Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted buildings or grounds without lawful authority
- Violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds
- Obstructing or impeding any official proceeding
- Certain acts during civil disorder
On Saturday, CNN reported that new charges, stemming from the threats against Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and the USCP officer who shot Babbitt, were revealed.
Contrary to sentiments conveyed through his many, many social media posts—including a promise that “next time we bring the guns!”—Miller’s lawyer insists that his client feels Very Sad and Didn’t Mean Anything By It, and his family totally has his back. Also, he did it for the disgraced orange tyrant.
Clint Broden, a lawyer for Miller, told CNN Saturday that his client “certainly regrets what he did.”
“He did it in support of former President (Donald) Trump, but regrets his actions. He has the support of his family, and a lot of the comments are viewed in context as really sort of misguided political hyperbole. Given the political divide these days, there is a lot of hyperbole,” Broden said.
It’s kind of hard to dismiss feverish vows of civil war, hanging a cop by a noose, and murdering a congresswoman as “misguided political hyperbole” when such violent promises and threats were made from within the U.S. Capitol, amid a siege.