Ray Epps and Capitol Breach Charges
- Former Oath Keepers chapter leader, Ray Epps, has been charged with a misdemeanor for disorderly or disruptive conduct during the January 6 Capitol breach – Many people perceive it as a lenient charge, especially when considering that numerous protest participants, including Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, received felony charges.
- Tarrio is facing a 22-year prison sentence, even though he didn’t actually attend the protest.
- The Department of Justice accuses Epps of intentionally disrupting government functions in a restricted area of the U.S. Capitol.
- Epps has the option to enter a plea deal, as per NBC News.
Allegations and Videos
- Ray Epps is seen in multiple videos encouraging Trump supporters to breach the Capitol on January 6.
- He is captured stating: “We need to go into the Capitol.” This was echoed at least four times.
- Videos also reveal Epps’ association with Proud Boys leader, Zachary Rehl, who was previously convicted for seditious conspiracy and sentenced to 15 years.
Ray Epps, the man in all the Capitol videos who instructed others to storm the Capitol, has been charged with a misdemeanor for disruptive conduct on restricted grounds. Meanwhile, men who weren't even present at the event have been sentenced to years in prison. pic.twitter.com/mWTHsEglHk
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 19, 2023
Lawsuit & Personal Impact
- Epps initiated a lawsuit against Fox News and Tucker Carlson, claiming defamation which he believes contributed to the pending charges against him.
- The Department of Justice had informed Epps of their intention to charge him in relation to the events from January 6.
- Epps is among 1,100 individuals charged for offenses related to the Capitol breach. Of these, over 650 have pleaded guilty, with sentences ranging from three days to 22 years.