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Ray Epps, the former Marine Sergeant from Arizona at the center of a controversy that sees him as a potential informant for the FBI, or asset for another government agency, was video taped inciting others to riot at the Capitol on January 6. But he didn’t only incite rioting, the Trump cap-wearing Epps specifically and repeatedly encouraged others to breach and enter the Capitol building.

His behavior was so contrived that many in the crowd at the Capitol began yelling that he was a “Fed.”

However, not only has he not been charged with any crimes, but his photo, which initially appeared on FBI ‘Wanted’ posters, has been scrubbed by the Bureau.

This has raised many questions, primarily from those on the right about who Epps is and what was his role on January 6. Both Tucker Carlos at Fox News and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas have speculated that Epps might be an FBI informant or government asset.

The Democratic-led House committee investigating Jan. 6, released a statement following its hearing, claiming to have interviewed Epps and saying he’s not a “fed.”

But this only prompted further questions

The Washington Post quoted Cruz during his recent questioning of a senior FBI official on the January 11 Senate hearing on domestic terrorism :

“Mr. Epps has not been charged with anything,” Cruz later continued. “No one’s explained why a person videoed urging people to go to the Capitol, a person whose conduct was so suspect the crowd believed he was a fed, would magically disappear from the list of the people the FBI was looking at.” 

FBI executive assistant director for national security Jill Sanborn replied: “I am aware of the individual. I don’t have the specific background of him.”

Soon after the hearing The Epoch Times contacted Epps’ attorney, former FBI agent John Blischak, who said about Epps: “He was interviewed by the FBI in Arizona. I was present during that interview, and unequivocally, he is not an FBI informant.”

Asked whether Epps is an asset for any government agency—law enforcement, intelligence, or otherwise—Blischak said, “Not to my knowledge.”

According to The Epoch Times:

Blischak also denied any deals or agreements between Epps and the FBI. He said he’s representing Epps “in the event that he becomes a potential defendant in any action brought as to what happened on Jan. 6, 2021.”

“We’ve been working with the House Committee,” Blischak. “That’s what we’ve been doing.” 

When asked to characterize Epps’s actions on Jan. 5 and 6, Blischak said, “Merely present.”

As to why his client hasn’t been charged, Blischak added, “Because he’s not guilty! He has a good attorney.” However, it is doubtful these answers will end the speculation or the questions.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AmericanActionNews.com


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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schmed
schmed
9 days ago

This is hardly “new” evidence, and it’s been discredited

Trump Lost
Trump Lost
9 days ago
Reply to  schmed

Great, thanks for your voice of rational reasoning…

Chainlink700rt
Chainlink700rt
9 days ago
Reply to  Trump Lost

The FBI has been using the same Primitive tactics for decades. They have forgotten the facial recognition, credit card receipts, gps tracking, and a attempt to deflect the attention away from the obvious.

UIrsus Logicus
UIrsus Logicus
8 days ago
Reply to  Trump Lost

We would echo your comment, but it’s suspect. You d
can’t even even reason your way out of the Democrat Media denial and blackout of the fact: Trump WON.

UIrsus Logicus
UIrsus Logicus
6 days ago
Reply to  Trump Lost

You are an unlikely one to complain about the lack of rationality… your delusional state is made evident by your very comment “handle.’ We who observed the “Steal” live, an in real time, marvel at your dissociative level of denial.

TexasTough
TexasTough
9 days ago
Reply to  schmed

Only if you are an ignorant Democrat it has NOT BEEN DICREDITED

Bob Biermann
Bob Biermann
7 days ago
Reply to  TexasTough

Only in his dreams

Tmac
Tmac
9 days ago
Reply to  schmed

Where is your proof it has been discredited?

Chainlink700rt
Chainlink700rt
9 days ago
Reply to  schmed

I’m still searching phone records and locations pings about his whereabouts on certain dates
before the capital riot.
This is a very simple task, and any other information should fall into place.
It’s like he disappeared. So his name is fake.
So when the FBI was questioned about him they actually told the truth, but this was a giveaway
to admit that they don’t know who he is.
When you answer a question about something you don’t know anything about, it’s best to not even try. I thought the FBI was trained better than this.

sandyj
sandyj
7 days ago
Reply to  Chainlink700rt

We have seen the videos of Epp stirring up the crowd and we believe our eyes much more than the FBI’s lies. Is there no one in the FBI that’s honest now?

Libra
Libra
6 days ago
Reply to  sandyj

Obama took the USA on a very dangerous left turn by politicizing most of the Bureaus of the U.S. Government.

Tranz
Tranz
6 days ago
Reply to  Chainlink700rt

Idiot leftest can never be trained to not be stupid!

UIrsus Logicus
UIrsus Logicus
8 days ago
Reply to  schmed

Dear Schmuck,
Sorry we misspelled your handle. Anyway, are you nuts? These official reports are only now emerging…and gaining credibility with each FBI and CPD obfuscation. Why must you Democrats lie at EVERY turn?

Bob
Bob
7 days ago
Reply to  UIrsus Logicus

They can not help it because is in their DNA to lie and obfuscate.

Gdwhale@hotmail.com
8 days ago
Reply to  schmed

Why has he not been charged or in jail along with hundreds of others from that demonstration? You just can’t say that has been discredited and not explain why this instigater is roaming around free.

Bob
Bob
7 days ago

Correct and how about that Sullivan dude from Utah? He is a member of BLM and Antifa and was present at the riots of Jan 6th. Remember, BLM and Antifa are organizations paid by the Democrats.

Tom
Tom
6 days ago

That in itself proves his involvement and the corrupt liars in government cleared him. All should know not to trust today’s democrat

Jim Dahlberg
Jim Dahlberg
8 days ago
Reply to  schmed

How has it been discredited? Can we believe the FBI on anything that is about Trump?

James
James
7 days ago
Reply to  Jim Dahlberg

Hell! We can’t believe the FBI (and many other alphabet organizations) on anything!!!
Their fingerprints are all over every major “red flag” event this country has experienced.
The FBI is only one ‘cog’ in the machinery designed to destroy America; the deep state has imbedded itself in every aspect of American life and are pushing the NWO agenda!
Recently started re-reading Alex Jones’ book “9-11 Descent in Tyranny”, after watching the video “Capital Punishment”. Too bad more people cannot or will not accept that we; as a nation, are being duped by our own government; THE REAL TERRORISTS!!!

Libra
Libra
6 days ago
Reply to  Jim Dahlberg

President Trump’s only error while in office was to NOT fire all of the Bureau Heads and their top Lieutenants on his first day in the Oval office. He could have saved himself and the USA from all of their awful attacks and taken away Nancy’s dreams of Sugar plums and 3 impeachments.

Jawad
Jawad
8 days ago
Reply to  schmed

Schmed = Schmuck!

Dr. Gregory
Dr. Gregory
7 days ago
Reply to  schmed

Discredited by the illegitimate fraudulent partisan Jan 6th house committee. You are 100% grade A ignoramus. Full congratulations to you!

Bob Biermann
Bob Biermann
7 days ago
Reply to  schmed

Then explain the videos we can all see for ourselves. It takes a special kind of brain syphilis to not to see somethings wrong. I guess it is up there with Biden’s great economy causing record inflation.

Chris B
Chris B
7 days ago
Reply to  Bob Biermann

Exactly! There are people who were arrested for simply being on the Capitol grounds. Epps wasn’t just merely present, he was part of the primary breech who also entered the grounds, even seen whispering in the ears of those who led the attack. He was also positioned next to Scaffold Man at one point, another unidentified instigator with a bullhorn giving directions for the assault. Between the masked, fence cutter and the Barrier mover—who looks to be part of the previous days round-up of occupants in an armed bus, there’s too many unanswered questions. Why was this guy even there on Jan 6 if he was detained for weapons on Jan 5. The media never even alluded to this incident the day before—which should’ve triggered an immediate call-up of the guard.

ernest toseland
ernest toseland
7 days ago
Reply to  schmed

By who??? Only those suffering from TDS would believe that!

Suesja
Suesja
7 days ago
Reply to  schmed

Why??? Seems real important and he was there. That’s all people are being incarcerated for. He should be in solitary with the others ,waiting…

Bob
Bob
7 days ago
Reply to  schmed

It has not really been discredited by anyone who has any credibility. Everyone who claims this is full of BS.

Robin Walter Boyd
Robin Walter Boyd
7 days ago
Reply to  schmed

Discredited by who? CNN’s Fact Checker? If there is video of Epps instigating the riot, we deserve to know why he hasn’t been charged and why he isn’t in jail with others who are accused of less. His attorney’s comment that he has a good lawyer just makes it seem even more like the so-called Justice Department is rigged.

NavVet67
NavVet67
6 days ago
Reply to  schmed

Then I guess he’s just a flat out commie

RWMoses
RWMoses
6 days ago
Reply to  schmed

Discredited by the “fair and impartial” January 6 committee. Yeah, right. Let’s get one thing straight: There was no insurrection. Aside from those who were at the Capital under a false flag (antifa and blm wearing Trump hats and looking to start trouble) and the FBI assets, the people who were there were freedom fighters, same as those who brought down the Berlin Wall in 1989. The freedom fighters at the Berlin Wall and their counterparts on Jan 6 were both opposing Marxism.

Joe
Joe
6 days ago
Reply to  schmed

The only thing discredited is you.

RedGremlin
RedGremlin
6 days ago
Reply to  schmed

Ok, then provide sources.

Jim
Jim
9 days ago

The so called impartial Committees on the 1/6/2021 riots in our Capital should call to testify under oath, Speaker Pelosi, Director of FBI Wray and AG Garland. We need to know how many agitators were behind the incursion into the Capital that Pelosi refused to call up 20,000 National Guards to protect the Capital as President Trump requested. The truth needs to be known so this can never happen again.

Chainlink700rt
Chainlink700rt
9 days ago
Reply to  Jim

President Donald J Trump exposed a lot of things the democrats have been doing for decades. This is only reason the committee was formed. Don’t forget, Trump has known these democrats for a very long time, and it’s obvious why the democrats are in a desperation mode of revenge.

Dan
Dan
9 days ago

One thing for sure. Epps is a stinking pile of SCHIFF!