The husband of Rep. Mary Miller, R-Illinois, has attempted to distance himself from what the FBI says is a"radical militia group" with ties to last month's Capitol siege, after his pickup truck was spotted on Capitol grounds that afternoon using a large decal boosting the group.
When news of the decal boosting the"Three Percenters" militia team surfaced this week, Miller's husband, Illinois state representative Chris Miller, advised the Daily Beast that he"didn't know anything about [the group] until fake news" began asking questions regarding the decal seen on his vehicle.
In a statement to ABC News, Chris Miller said his son received the sticker"from a family friend who said that it represented patriotism and love of country."
Miller insisted that he hasn't been a member of this group.
However, this isn't the first time he's helped promote the Three Percenters. In videos posted on the internet, including one video posted on his Facebook page, he stood in front of a Three Percenters banner -- and a QAnon hint -- last year as he railed against Democrats.
"We're thankful [this ] neither'Crooked Hillary' or'Creepy, Sleepy Joe' will be the president of the USA," he explained in the video, which was shot in a May 2020 rally in Springfield, Illinois, where he and many others protested state steps to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic. "We can be thankful... we have a great American patriot in the White House that's determined to make America great again."
An Illinois-based group which helped organize the rally uses a logo that includes"Three Percenters" vision. The group promised followers before the rally which"some big speakers" would be engaging.
In another movie of his remarks posted online, Chris Miller announced,"We have identified our domestic enemies as Nancy Pelosi."
On Jan. 6, the same day that a violent mob stormed the Capitol predicated on false promises that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen from then-president Donald Trump, his pickup truck was allegedly seen outside the Capitol building with the 3 Percenters decal on its rear window.
The connection between the truck and the Illinois congresswoman was first reported Thursday by the Twitter accounts @capitolhunters, which will be helping to investigate those who participated in the Jan. 6 attack, according to the Daily Beast.
"Hitler was right on one thing: He said,'Whoever gets the youth has the future,'" she told fans in the Jan. 5 event.
A spokesperson for Rep. Miller told ABC News the congresswoman joins her colleagues in condemning the violence of Jan. 6 and that"she and her relatives were in no manner involved in the violent attacks." The spokesperson didn't respond to ABC News' questions about Miller's husband.
The Justice Department has publicly accused several of those involved in the Capitol siege of having ties into the 3 Percenters.
"For instance, the 3 Percenters... is a domestic militia that advocates for immunity into the U.S. federal government policy it believes to infringe on private, local, and gun ownership rights," an FBI agent wrote in 1 set of charging documents.
The group's name stems from the view that just three percent of the populace can successfully overtake a corrupt authorities.
According to the announcement from Chris Miller supplied to ABC News through a spokesman, any Capitol rioters tied to the Three Percenters have only"copied their title," since the"first" Three Percenters were"a non-violent anti-government team" that has been"disbanded."
Members of the movement's more recent iteration"were not involved in the Jan. 6th riots," Miller said in his announcement. But police have disputed that claim, as photos showed Three Percenter banners at the riot, and the FBI -- based on an ABC News count -- has arrested five or more followers of the group charges stemming from their role in the attack.
But Chris Miller has now removed the Three Percenters decal from his truck, the announcement said.