Last Updated on January 12, 2022
The January 6 Commission issued a cryptic statement on Twitter claiming to have interviewed suspected undercover government actor Ray Epps, who supposedly denied working for the FBI on 1/6. Tucker Carlson said the Department of Justice played a role in the events of that day.
Suspected 1/6 undercover government provocateur Ray Epps in November apparently told the increasingly irrelevant January 6 Commission that he wasn’t working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on January 5 and 6 last year, according to a cryptic statement issued by the Select Committee yesterday.
While the Committee falsely claimed that the notion of Epps working for the FBI was “unsupported,” they did admit that he in fact was removed from the FBI Wanted list without being charged with any crimes – a development which had directly supported evidence indicating that he was working on behalf of the government ahead of and during the events of that day.
“The Select Committee is aware of unsupported claims that Ray Epps was an FBI informant based on the fact that he was on the FBI Wanted list and then was removed from that list without being charged,” tweeted the Committee yesterday afternoon.
The Committee then cryptically claimed to have interviewed Epps, who insisted to the Committee that he was “not employed by, working with, or acting at the direction of any law enforcement agency on Jan 5th or 6th or at any other time, & that he has never been an informant for the FBI or any other law enforcement agency.”
However, the Committee did not use the words “government” in their statement, leading to much criticism.
Despite protest from members of the Committee and “fact-checker” opinion blogs, some Americans find it particularly interesting that those who were previously labeling January 6 protesters as “insurrectionists” have now strangely and collectively rushed to the defense of Epps.
It's clear the DOJ had some role in the events of January 6 pic.twitter.com/aR8SaiNZoU
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) January 12, 2022
“If you ignore the huffing and puffing on TV and just look at the video evidence, it’s been clear for a while now that the Department of Justice probably had some role in the events of January 6. It’s obvious, and after hearings on Capitol Hill today it became even clearer,” said Tucker Carlson on last night’s episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Carlson then showed the audience video of FBI National Security branch assistant director Jill Sanborn nervously claiming that she could not answer Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) questions about the FBI’s ostensible involvement on January 6.
During the questioning, Sanborn also nervously claimed she couldn’t provide an answer when directly asked by Cruz if Epps was a “fed.”
Hate @TedCruz all you want but these questions about FBI's role in 1/6 are vital: because it's what FBI did in the 1st War on Terror and with the Whitmer case, but also because there's ample evidence they did it here. The media's indifference is shameful:pic.twitter.com/68114jle6A
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 11, 2022
Some found it concerning that Sanborn did not simply deny that the FBI was secretly committing crimes of violence on January 6.
“Instead, she replied ‘I can’t answer that,’ but of course Jill Sanborn can answer that,” Carlson said. “And she should be forced to answer that immediately. No ‘sources or methods’ would be revealed, just answer the question. Did they participate in violence or not? Why is that hard? Tells you a lot.”
Carlson then showed the audience video of Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) asking Deputy U.S. Attorney General Matt Olsen, who recently announced the formation of a new “domestic terrorism unit” that will “augment” the government’s existing approach, if the Department of Justice had known about Epps.
“I simply don’t have any information at all, uh, Senator, about that individual,” Olsen told Cotton.
Carlson noted that Olsen’s claims were “absurdly false,” adding that the Committee had already interviewed Epps.
Speaking on the Committee’s cryptic tweet, Carlson said “Wait a second? When exactly, and under what circumstances, did the Committee talk to Ray Epps? Supposedly this interview was conducted in secret last november. If that is true, we don’t know that it is, but let’s say it is, then why did the Committee wait months to tell us today in a tweet?”
“Was this Ray Epps interview conducted under oath? Did Democrats subpoena his electronic communications as they did with [Mark] Meadows and so many others? Will the information Epps revealed to the committee be available to the many January 6 defendants who are now awaiting trial? Can their lawyers see a transcript of this interview? Can we see a transcript of this interview? If not, why not?” Carlson said.
Despite the January 6 Committee claiming to clear Epps, he has been subpoenaed by the defense to testify in an Oath Keepers court case related to January 6.
The defense lawyer involved believes Epps is the only man who should face charges for conspiring to enter the U.S. Capitol, as he was captured on video urging protesters do to do as early as January 5.