By Andrea Widburg
The House’s Soviet-style January 6 committee continues its unsuccessful efforts to tie Donald Trump, people in his administration, Republican congresspeople, and Fox News personalities to the events on that day. What they’re ignoring as they try to destroy their political enemies is those people caught on tape actively encouraging the crowd to breach the Capitol. The most notable of these people is one Ray Epps, but he’s not the only one. The Revolver has an extensive exposé looking not just at Epps, but at others in the crowd who ought to be at the top of the FBI’s dragnet but, somehow, aren’t.
The Revolver article is too long and detailed to allow an easy summary here. Here’s a summary of just part of what it reveals:
Myriad footage shows Epps appearing at different times and in different places, on January 5 and 6, actively and openly encouraging people to breach the Capitol. Indeed, at 12:50 P.M., while Trump was still speaking to a huge, peaceful crowd, Epps was the person who orchestrated the first breach of the Capitol barricades.
The FBI originally included Epps on its Most Wanted List. However, the DOJ never filed charges against him despite knowing who he was. When both The Revolver and The New York Times raised questions in June about Epps, the FBI responded by purging him from its online files. more