Ray Epps, a protester who disappeared from the FBI’s Jan. 6 wanted list, told Congress he was ‘never an informant’
The Democratic-led select committee assured the public that Ray Epps is not the Federal Reserve after Republican senators received unanswered questions from Justice Department officials about protesters who were exempted from prosecution on Jan. 6.
The Arizona man who apparently angered pro-Trump protesters in Washington, D.C., filmed last January 5-6 last year was interviewed by the House committee investigating the unrest on Capitol Hill, his Twitter account said.
“Epps told us that he was not employed by, cooperating with, or acting at the direction of any law enforcement agency on January 5 or 6 or any other time, and that he was never an informant of the FBI or any other law enforcement agency. law enforcement agencies,” tweeted.
The committee interviewed Epps. Epps told us that he was not employed by, cooperating with, or acting at the direction of any law enforcement agency on January 5 or 6 or any other time, and that he was never a source of information for the FBI or any other law enforcement agency. people agency.
— January 6 Committee (@January6thCmte) January 11, 2022
The post comes hours after Epps’ role in the January 2021 drama was brought to the forefront of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Monday that heard senior Department of Justice (DOJ) officials on domestic Terrorist threat news. January 6th.
The witnesses interviewed were Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olson and FBI Executive Assistant Director Jill Sanborn. Republican Senators Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz cross-examined the two officials about the possible roles of individuals associated with federal law enforcement, particularly those associated with Epps.
4/x I asked the FBI: “Is Ray Epps the Fed?” FBI: “I can’t answer that question.” The question about Ray Epps and his disappearance from the FBI’s public posts is a matter of public responsibility for the FBI, The American people deserve real answers. pic.twitter.com/nkC85wvCll
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 11, 2022
Senator Cruz prepared visual props showing protesters’ recorded activity before the attack on the Capitol. He bombards Sanborn with the following questions: “Is Ray Epps the Fed?” The senator also asked why Epps was never charged with any crime, even “Magically disappeared” The FBI is investigating a list of people linked to the Jan. 6 violence.
Most of Sanborn’s response was “I can’t answer that question,” Although in the end, she said, to her knowledge, no FBI agent or informant encouraged “Violence and Crime” at the Capitol.
Olson likewise provided no information on the FBI’s loss of interest in Epps, telling Senator Cotton that he did not “Any information about that person,” and introduced him to his witnesses.The answer is behind several others “I have no idea” The response, prompting Cotton to blame Olson for apparently not being ready for the hearing.
.@SenTomCottonFull questioning of AG Matthew Olsen, Assistant to the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, at today’s judicial hearing. On January 6, Cotton asked Ray Epps and the DOJ/FBI if there were any officers in “plainclothes” at the Capitol pic.twitter.com/KRRArzoqsA
— Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) January 11, 2022
Epps’ role in the January 2021 incident was known early in the investigation, but since around mid-June, suspicions began to surface that he was an instigator of violence linked to the Fed. He was later removed from the FBI’s Congressional Violence Most Wanted List for unknown reasons.
In October, Republican Rep. Thomas Massey used Epps asked Attorney General Merrick Garland if federal agents were involved in the footage encouraging the Jan. 6 riots.
The theory was further popularized by the conservative outlet Revolver, post A lengthy argument for why it believes the former leader of the Arizona chapter of the sworn-in is under federal protection.
The government has never explained why Epps was never charged with any crime. There appears to be no evidence that he personally entered the Capitol after the surrounding police barricades were breached, or participated in street violence after the breach.
FBI informant involved in unrest is separate report September, The New York Times. The paper said a member of the Proud Boys contacted his FBI chief on Jan. 6, and his information undermined federal charges against other members accused of planning an attack on the Capitol with the aim of Undermine the proof of Joe Biden’s presidency. The New York Times report did not claim the informant incited violence in any way.
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