Who is Ray Epps? It is a question that has been debated since Epps, who appeared to orchestrate the very first breach of the Capitol’s police barricades on January 6, and can be seen in numerous videos inciting the crowd, disappeared from the FBI’s Most Wanted List without explanation.
The FBI’s Washington Field Office initially posted a tweet asking for the public’s help identifying Epps. Epps, dressed in full camo with a bright red “Trump” hat, was on the FBI’s wanted list and can be seen in photograph 16 below.
While the vast majority of Trump supporters were still 30 minutes away, listening to President Trump’s speech, Epps was at the Capitol pushing others to breach the barricades.
Yet on Jul. 1, the FBI quietly removed Ray Epps from its Capitol Violence Most Wanted List.
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Ray Epps appeared to have worked alongside other individuals, many of them suspiciously unindicted, to carry out a breach of the police barricades that induced a subsequent flood of unsuspecting MAGA protesters to unwitting trespass on Capitol-restricted grounds and place themselves in legal jeopardy.
FBI National Security Branch Executive Assistant Director Jill Sanborn was questioned by the US Senate Judiciary Committee by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on whether or not FBI agents or confidential informants played a role on Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol incident that Democrats and their allies in the media have labeled an “insurrection” and “domestic terror attack.”
Senator Cruz drilled down on Jill Sandborn, demanding she reveal the extent of the FBI’s involvement in the incident and if Ray Epps played a role.
“Did any FBI agents or confidential informants actively participate in the events of Jan. 6? Yes or no?” Sen. Cruz asked.
FBI’s Jill Sanborn: “I can’t answer that.”
When Cruz asked Jill Sanborn a direct question about Ray Epps: “Ms. Sanborn, was Ray Epps a fed?”
Ms. Sanborn replied: “Sir, I cannot answer that question.”
Cruz : “Was Ray Epps a fed?”
“Senator, I can’t answer that question.”pic.twitter.com/yGCpjADt7n
— Ian McKelvey (@ian_mckelvey) December 19, 2022
Sandborn’s refusal to answer served as confirmation that Cruz’s suspicion was well placed.
Now new body camera footage is emerging that shows Epps at the front line telling police officers to calm down. Epps can be seen engaging with police officers and directing them on how to respond to the crowd. Julie Kelly tweeted, “Epps tells police to step back as they shove people with batons. This is interesting because it shows Epps directly confronting police (justifiably), but still odd this hasn’t resulted in any “interfering with law enforcement” charges.
Epps tells police to step back as they shove people with batons.
This is interesting bc it shows Epps directly confronting police (justifiably) but still odd this hasn’t resulted in any “interfering with law enforcement” charges: pic.twitter.com/f6E0W9O1zT
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) April 20, 2023
One Twitter user noticed that someone wearing the camera started the unrest for no apparent reason, causing chaos to break out, “Did you all see that? Whoever is wearing this body camera actually started the unrest by tasing a guy just standing there with back towards the barrier. They were being pushed forward. All hell broke loose as soon as the cop tased the guy for no reason.”