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Former Top Trump Aide Jason Miller Detained, Questioned By Police In Brazil

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at September 7, 2021

Topline

Jason Miller, a former top aide to former President Donald Trump who runs the pro-Trump social media platform Gettr, confirmed reports he was detained and questioned by police in Brazil on Tuesday after he reportedly met with President Jair Bolsonaro.

Key Facts

Miller told Forbes in a statement he and others he was traveling with for the Conservative Political Action Conference in Brazil were “questioned for three hours” at an airport in the capital city of Brasilia.

Miller claimed he was “not accused of any wrongdoing” and that police told him they only “‘wanted to talk,’” adding that he told the officers he had “nothing to say” and was later released to fly back to the U.S.

Miller was detained by Brazilian federal police as part of an investigation into “anti-democratic acts” after meeting with Bolsonaro, according to Brazilian news outlet Metrópoles, which first reported the development.

According to the outlet, the order to question Miller came from Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Alexandre De Moraes, who in August opened an investigation into unproven claims by Bolsonaro that Brazil’s federal elections in 2022 will be rife with fraud.

Forbes has reached out to Miller and the Brazilian police for comment.

Key Background

Miller, a former top aide to both of Trump’s presidential campaign who served as his post-presidential spokesperson until June, when he left Trump’s team to found Gettr, a response to Trump being banned on a number of social media platforms. Like Bolsonaro, Trump has baselessly claimed his 2020 election loss was the result of widespread fraud – statements that Miller has cheered on.

Tangent

Conservative activist Matthew Tyrmand tweeted photos of himself with Miller; Bolsonaro; and Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo, a member of Brazil’s federal legislature, also tagging Bolsonaro’s other son Flavio, a Brazilian senator; and former Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ernest Araújo. Miller, Tyrmand said, was “being interrogated by Supreme Court anti-Bolsonaristas.”

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