Former Trump aide questions 'secret' investigation after detainment in Brazil

Former Trump aide Jason Miller spoke with Hill.TV about his brief detainment in Brazil earlier this month, characterizing the questioning from officials as “political brushback” led by one of the country’s Supreme Court justices.

In an interview with Hill.TV’s “Rising,” Miller — CEO of the social media platform GETTR — said he was questioned for three hours at an airport while trying to leave the country as part of two “secret investigations” by Brazil’s Supreme Court.

“I’m not sure if it’s Keystone Cops or just when judiciaries run amok,” Miller said.

Miller said authorities asked him who he worked for and why he was in Brazil, and he responded that he was attending the country’s Conservative Political Action Conference.

He was reportedly detained in connection to an investigation looking into “anti-democratic acts” after meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Miller said authorities declined to explain the purpose of their investigations.

“They said, 'They’re secret, we can’t tell you,'” Miller said.

Bolsonaro in recent days has called on his political supporters to be vocal in the streets as next year’s presidential election approaches, convening large protests throughout Brazil on the country’s Independence Day.

“The media portrayal of President Bolsonaro and what actually happens I found to be two completely different things,” Miller said.

Miller said 100,000 Brazilians in the last week signed up for his platform. He said GETTR’s human moderators and artificial intelligence capabilities work to take down content promoting ISIS and illegal activity as well as pornography.

The platform has been flooded with terrorist propaganda since it officially launched on July 4, according to Politico.

“That’s not allowed on our platform,” Miller said. “That’s not free speech, that’s not political debate. What our value proposition is, is that no one will ever be censored, or deplatformed, or shadow banned or any of that nonsense for expressing their political beliefs.”