A US Capitol rioter suspect who declared it was "hunting season" has been charged over an alleged threat to assassinate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and kill a cop.
The Justice Department revealed new charges against a Texas man accused of taking part in the deadly US Capitol siege and posting online death threats against the New York congresswoman and a US Capitol Police officer, on the day of the attack, according to multiple outlets.
Garret Miller faces five criminal charges stemming from the insurrection, including trespassing offenses and making online death threats.
Miller allegedly tweeted, "assassinate AOC," on the day of the siege, according to court documents,CNN reports.
He also said the police officer who fatally shot a Trump supporter during the attack "deserves to die" and won't "survive long" because it's "huntin[g] season."
Soon after the attack, AOC opened up about how she didn't know if she would survive the siege, on Instagram live.
"I had a pretty traumatizing event happen to me and I don’t even know if I can disclose the full details of that event due to security concerns, but I can tell you I had a very close encounter where I thought I was going to die," she said.
"You have all of those thoughts where, at the end of your life, these thoughts come rushing to you," she says. "That’s what happened to a lot of us on Wednesday. I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive. And not just in a general sense, but in a very specific sense."
Prosecutors said in newly released court documents that Miller posted extensively on social media before and during the attack, saying a "civil war could start" and "next time we bring the guns."
He was arrested on Wednesday, according to the Justice Department. Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to keep him in jail pending trial, and a detention hearing is scheduled for Monday.
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