Glenn Youngkin's Deputy AG Resigns After Jan. 6 Praise Surfaces

The deputy attorney general in Virginia has resigned after social media posts resurfaced of her allegedly praising the January 6 Capitol riots.

On Thursday, Monique Miles resigned from her position at the office of Attorney General Jason Miyares, a spokeswoman told The Washington Post. Miyares serves as the chief attorney general to Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin. Miles was only in her position for less than a month, having acted as deputy attorney general since January 20.

Along with supporting the riots, she also allegedly made several posts promoting debunked conspiracy theories about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election. In another post made nine days after President Joe Biden received the proper amount of votes to win the election, she said that "left wing violent loonies" were denying that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election, the Post added. This claim has been debunked several times through independent investigations.

"This information was unknown to the Office of the Attorney General prior to this morning," said Miyares spokeswoman Victoria LaCivita in a statement. "Ms. Miles has resigned from her position at the Office of the Attorney General. The Attorney General has been very clear [that] Joe Biden won the election and he has condemned the January 6th attacks."

In a resurfaced social media post from January 6, 2021, a screenshot of which was published by the Post, Miles said that citizens were "awake" and "will fight" no matter the cost.

"News flash," Miles wrote in the post. "Patriots have stormed the Capitol. No surprise. The deep state has awoken the sleeping giant. Patriots are not taking this lying down. We are awake, ready and will fight for our rights by any means necessary."

"These left wing violent loonies better recognize that [Donald J. Trump] is getting a second term," Miles wrote on her Facebook page, according to the Post. "Time for them to get their TDS [Trump derangement syndrome] treatment."

However, when contacted by the Post about her social media history, Miles walked back her previous statements. In an email, she claimed that the resurfaced posts were "a character assassination to stir up controversy" and that she denies any wrongdoing.

"The posts were made at a time when the news was still developing re: the facts around the election, the court cases, the rally on the Ellipse and what happened at the Capitol. That was before all the audits occurred," she wrote. "These posts have been taken out of context."

She also maintained that she does not believe that Trump won the 2020 election, unlike what she stated in her previous posts.

"What we know now about the election today is very different from what we knew on Election Day 2020 or even what we knew on the day that President Biden was inaugurated in January 2021," Miles was quoted by the Post. "I believe he is our president as he was certified as such."

Update 02/10/2022 at 2:47 p.m. EST: This story has been updated to include Monique Miles' response.

Capitol riot, January 6
The deputy attorney general to Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has resigned after social media posts praising the January 6 riot participants resurfaced. Above, pro-Trump protesters stand on the east steps of the Capitol after storming its grounds on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images