The former aide to Donald Trump, Jason Miller, said he was detained at an airport in Brazil and questioned by police for three hours on Tuesday morning.
Miller, founder of the pro-Trump social media outlet GETTR, and others in his group were attending the country’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) amid rising political unrest ahead of next year’s presidential election in Brazil. Nearly 14% of GETTR’s users are in Brazil.
Part of Miller’s traveling party included Matthew Tyrmand who sits on the board of the right-wing activist organization Project Veritas.
Miller was reportedly detained in connection to an investigation looking into “anti-democratic acts” after meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, according to Brazilian news outlet Metrópoles.
The order to detain and question Miller came from a Brazilian Supreme Court Justice who launched an investigation into Bolsonaro’s claims that the upcoming election would be tainted by fraud.
Bolsonaro has been behind a movement asking his backers to be vocal in the streets.
“I have three alternatives in the future: being arrested, getting killed or victory,” Bolsonaro told supporters last week.
Recent polls show if the election were held today, Bolsonaro would lose in a landslide.
Over 150 dignitaries from 26 different countries warned of their grave concern of Bolsonaro’s plans for an insurrection comparable to the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.