The FBI, DOJ, and now the January 6th committee really don’t want to talk about Ray Epps.
Today, Ted Cruz caused great triggering by asking some FBI flack named Jill Sanborn about Epps during today’s Senate hearing. Cruz attempted to get answers on exactly what the suspicious man’s role was regarding the Capitol breach, and why he was never charged with anything. What he got was a mix of non-denials and obfuscations in the form of claiming she couldn’t answer the question.
Two things are responsible for the interest in Epps. The first is that he was captured on video encouraging people to protest and infiltrate the Capitol Building. He also was on Capitol grounds the day before. Two, Epps was suddenly removed from the FBI’s most-wanted list, and to this day, no explanation at all for that move has been given. This implies that Epps is an informant who used his position in order to actively encourage violence against the FBI. Epps, who was an informant, had actively encouraged violence for the FBI by using his position.
After Cruz asked his questions, however, there was something very strange. On January 6th, the Committee unpromptedly released a statement stating that they had interviewed Epps and, more interestingly, seemed to be willing to go to bat for him.
#January6After @tedcruz pressed witnesses at Senate Judiciary this morning on whether FBI informants were present at the Jan. 6 riots, a Select Committee spokesperson said it “has interviewed Mr. (Ray) Epps” details + statement via @cbszak pic.twitter.com/eW9LxxhidU
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) January 11, 2022
This is it. Although the January 6th Committee supposedly values accountability, they have no interest in Epps and are acting as his PR company. Is that what you are smelling?
This means that none of it adds up. Epps is the strongest of all suspects if criminal referrals were made for January 6th. Again, this is a man who was caught on video — multiple times — inciting people to riot. He instructed people to go into the Capitol Building. He allegedly also participated in the unrest by directing others to demolish barricades. Although I can understand Nancy Pelosi’s, Adam Schiff’s, Liz Cheney and other leaders wanting to put Donald Trump in jail, how is that going to stop them from making Epps responsible?
But they aren’t even attempting to hold him accountable. Instead, they are releasing statements defending the guy, insisting he wasn’t working for the FBI while providing no other context for his actions.
For giggles, let’s say that’s true and that Epps acted alone. Then why hasn’t he been charged like everyone else? They don’t think that he ought to be charged. Given the extent of his incitement, why is Epps not being made the center of an investigation by the select committee?
Grandmas who took selfies and wandered about the streets were taken into isolation and then thrown in solitary confinement. They were charged with crimes that began on January 6. A guy who drank Nancy Pelosi’s beer was charged. Other people who did not enter the Capitol Building were also charged with trespassing. Ray Epps has yet to be arrested despite being tracked down by the FBI for the past year.
Sorry, that doesn’t make any sense at all, and short of the FBI and DOJ coming out and providing a real explanation, the rest of us can only assume what their obfuscation means. Finally, the January 6th Committee has continued to prove itself to be a partisan laugh. The January 6th Committee is actually protecting people who have incited violence and still seeking out others who are not guilty. Epps must be taken under oath as soon as the GOP regains the House.