Ex-Virginia official sues after losing job over Jan. 6 posts | State and Regional News

A former deputy Virginia attorney general who says she was fired over social media posts in which she praised the Capitol rioters as “patriots” and falsely claimed Donald Trump won the 2020 election is suing the attorney general’s office for defamation.

Monique Miles alleges in her lawsuit that Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares and members of his staff damaged her professional reputation and credibility when a spokesperson told the media she had resigned from her job and that she was not transparent during her initial interviews for the job.

Miles said she was forced out of her job as The Washington Post was getting ready to publish a story with screenshots of Facebook posts she wrote as a private citizen, more than a year before she began working as the deputy attorney general of the Government Operations and Transactions division, which oversaw work on issues related to election integrity.

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“News Flash: Patriots have stormed the Capitol,” Miles wrote. “No surprise. The deep state has awakened the sleeping giant. Patriots are not taking this lying down. We are awake, ready and will fight for our rights by any means necessary.”

The lawsuit seeks $1 million in damages.







Deputy Attorney General Resigns

FILE – Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares speaks to the crowd during an inaugural celebration on Jan. 15, 2022, in Richmond, Va. A spokeswoman for Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares confirmed Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, that Virginia attorney general Monique Miles resigned Thursday after social media posts surfaced in which she praised the Capitol rioters as “patriots,” falsely claimed Donald Trump won the 2020 election and espoused conspiracy theories about voter fraud.


(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)


In her complaint, Miles said she was aggressively recruited to apply for a job as a deputy attorney general shortly after Miyares won the

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