A senior deputy to Virginia’s new attorney general called rioters “patriots” in a Jan. 6 Facebook post.

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Victoria LaCivita, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Jason Miyares, said the office was not aware of the Facebook posts before the Washington Post, which received screenshots of the posts, published them Thursday morning.

“This information was not known to the attorney general’s office prior to this morning,” LaCivita said in a statement. “MS. Miles has resigned from her position in the Attorney General’s office.”

“The attorney general was very clear — Joe Biden won the election and he condemned the January 6 attacks,” LaCivita said.

In an email to The Post, Miles called the revelation of the Facebook posts “character assassination to stir up controversy” and wrote that “some liberals have turned their daggers on black conservative women.”

“The posts were made at a time when the news was still evolving regarding the facts surrounding the election, the court cases, the rally on the Ellipse and events in the capital,” Miles said in the email. “That was before any audits took place. These posts have been taken out of context.”

She added, “What we know about the election today is very different from what we knew on Election Day 2020 or even President Biden‘s inauguration day in January 2021. I believe he is our President as certified as such.”

Miles wrote that the attack on the Capitol was carried out by “patriots” on the afternoon of January 6, a few hours after the attack began and after a riot had been called.

“News: Patriots have stormed the Capitol. No surprise. The deep state has awakened the sleeping giant,” Miles wrote, per a screenshot. “Patriots don’t accept that. We are awake, ready and will fight for our rights by any means necessary.”

In response to someone who commented on the post, Miles wrote that the riot was a “peaceful protest.” She added, “Don’t believe the MSM,” an acronym commonly used for the mainstream media.

Miles later edited the original post to attribute the Capitol violence to “Antifa dressed as patriots,” and said the alleged false flag operation was “typical Antifa and BLM intimidation tactics.” BLM is typically used to refer to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Miles continued, “Patriots are peace loving, Antifa and BLM are not.”

In other posts in the weeks following the 2020 presidential election, according to screenshots, Miles made unsubstantiated claims that China had interfered in the election and that there was evidence of significant voter fraud in the states of Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan, among others. At two points she flatly and falsely stated that Trump was the true winner of the election.

“These violent left wing lunatics better realize that DJT is getting a second term,” Miles wrote, referring to Trump by his initials.

Miles, Assistant Attorney General for Government Operations and Transactions, had a wide range of duties that included representation the state in election-related litigation and providing legal advice to the State Department of Elections and its governing body, the State Board of Elections, on various matters.

In the previous administration, the department worked on conducting elections during the pandemic, a legal battle over whether Kanye West would appear in Virginia’s 2020 presidential election, and issues over whether ballots with certain issues would be counted.

The law firm also deals with litigation and legal advice in the areas of environment, transport, technology and energy. Miles from Alexandria was one of a handful of Miyare’s top helpers announced when he took office last month.

Friends described Miles as a staunch conservative who is not afraid to make controversial claims on social media.

In 2015, Miles ran unsuccessfully for Alexandria City Council. She also worked as an attorney for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a conservative group trying to curb immigration.

Miles is also a founding director of an Alexandria employment law firm. She was named one of the top female attorneys in the state by Virginia Business Magazine in 2021.

Miyares’ hiring decisions have drawn criticism from Democrats, who have questioned why he fired about 30 members of the attorney general’s office. They included the University of Virginia’s legal counsel, who was on leave to serve as chief investigator for the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack.

Several acquaintances said Miles did the postings on one personal account, one of three The Post found for her on Facebook. The account handle for most postings was “Monique Miglia” but was later changed to “Myb Monique”.

The comments obtained by The Post are not publicly viewable, but Miles said they have not been deleted.

A screenshot of the post, which referred to the rioters as “patriots,” was taken at 4:20 p.m. Jan. 6 and shows that Miles’ post was created about an hour earlier. When the post was erected, rioters had breached the Capitol and broken into the Senate chambers.

The post and later edited version sparked a flurry of angry comments from Miles’ Facebook friends, according to a screenshot. Among them was one of Miles’ high school government teachers who wrote, “I let you down.”

The teacher declined to comment.

Gil Grimmett, a sculptor from Oakland, California, who met Miles abroad in Japan and described her as friendly, said he remembered the Jan. 6 post and said it was a turning point for him after weeks of posts from her who supported fringe political ideas . Grimmett said he muted Miles’ posts on his Facebook feed afterwards.

“I had my line pretty much drawn in the sand and she crossed it,” Grimmett said.

In the weeks leading up to the January 6 posts, Miles regularly posted about the presidential election and discussed the outcome with Facebook friends. The posts came as President Trump also made false claims of voter fraud.

In posts with a friend, according to a screenshot, she implied that the military classified evidence of voter fraud or interference.

“Chinese interference is real,” Miles wrote. “This is high level national security stuff. You cannot simply release this evidence in a civil court without following proper protocol.”

In another exchange with the same person, Miles wrote that the “MSM” or mainstream media has been compromised by the CCP, possibly meaning the Chinese Communist Party.

“We are at war with the CCP and those who sold our lands to them,” Miles wrote. “Trump is here to bring them down. Biden will never step his compromised self into the White House.”

In another exchange, Mazen Basrawi, a friend of Miles’s at the University of Virginia, where they both attended college, asked if Miles believed Trump won the 2020 election, writing there was “no evidence” of widespread voter fraud .

“Yes,” Miles replied, according to a screenshot, “it’s based on evidence of actual fraud in PA, AZ, Michigan and other states and violations of election laws and the Constitution.” You will see in the next few weeks.”

Basrawi wrote in response that what Miles said was “extremely dangerous.”

“I responded … because I felt it was dangerous to advocate lies about what happened in democratic elections,” Basrawi said in an interview. “It sows divisions in a country that needs to be brought together.”

In another exchange, a Facebook friend told Miles that allegations of fraud in the 2020 election were being used to stoke anger and violence to defend Trump’s honor.

Miles replied: “These are not false accusations. You haven’t seen the evidence yet. Things are getting very real.”

Miles has also posted articles on Facebook supporting baseless conspiracy theories for the 2020 election, including one that claimed GOP ballots were rejected from Dominion voting machines in Georgia and another about alleged voter fraud that was ruled false by Facebook.

“Facebook and their Lib fact checkers don’t want you to see this,” Miles wrote under the post.

In mid-January 2021, Miles wrote on Facebook that, according to a screenshot, a post by her about “Trump’s rally” resulted in her being elected from a board she served on. She wrote that she was upset that the post was part of the board’s election records.

Miles wrote: “It is sad that there are many people who suffer from the mental illness ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ and feel that if they support Trump someone cannot be a good person and then make an effort to support that person necessary to silence by all means.”

Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA) President Omar Melehy confirmed that Miles had not been re-elected to its board in January 2021, but declined to say whether Miles’ January 6 post played a role .

“MWELA held a contentious election for Ms. Miles’ seat and other vacant seats in January 2021 and there were more candidates than vacant board seats,” Melehy said in a statement. “She didn’t get enough votes to stay on the board.”

In her email to The Post, Miles wrote that “it’s important that people can have free and open dialogue about issues of concern without being called off.”

“Democracy dies when civil discourse is suppressed,” she wrote. “The civil society discourse makes us stronger as a society.”

One of the most recent screenshots of a Facebook post obtained by The Post came during Virginia’s general election on Nov. 2, when Miyares defeated Democratic incumbent Mark Herring. Miles wrote that “voter suppression” appears to take place in districts “across the Commonwealth”.

Miles wrote that it was known that Republican voters tend to vote in person on Election Day and that precincts had run out of ballots. She wrote “#shenigans”.

“I’m stationed at a registry office and stand guard,” Miles wrote. “I expect a long night.”

Teo Armus and Jennifer Jenkins contributed to this report.

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