Ray Epps, a former Marine who became the focus of speculation about government involvement in the U.S. Capitol Riot, has been charged by federal prosecutors.
Epps has been charged with a single misdemeanor count of disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, according to court papers filed on Sept. 18.
The charge states:
[Epps] did knowingly, and with intent to impede and disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business and official functions, engage in disorderly and disruptive conduct in and within such proximity to, a restricted building and grounds—that is, any posted, cordoned-off, and otherwise restricted area within the United States Capitol and its grounds, where the Vice President was and would be temporarily visiting—when and so that such conduct did in fact impede and disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business and official functions, and attempted and conspired to do so.
Epps has been seen on multiple videos taken during the riot on Jan. 6, 2021, when protestors converged on the U.S. Capitol demonstrating against what many believed to be a stolen election.
Multiple videos have shown Epps the night before and the day of the riot encouraging protestors to physically enter the Capitol grounds.
In one video recorded the night of Jan. 5, Epps tells a group of protestors on the street, “Tomorrow, we need to go into the Capitol! Into the Capitol,” which immediately drew chants of “Fed! Fed! Fed!” by the crowd, which suspected him of being a federal officer who was baiting them into undertaking illegal actions.
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
Never forget the Jan 6 political prisoners that are sitting in Nancy Pelosi’s jail cells while Ray Epps is still walking free.pic.twitter.com/5Uu9pqGOZC
— General™️👀🇺🇸🦅 (@TheGeneral_0) September 18, 2023
EXCLUIVE: Never before released J6 video captures Ray Epps (and others) amidst the violent conflict at the police line on the West Plaza
This is near the Media Tower, apparently before Epps helped push the large metal sign into this police line pic.twitter.com/NoMFKNv58F
— Stephen Horn (@stephenehorn) September 19, 2023
Though at least 1,000 Jan. 6 protestors have been arrested, with some receiving lengthy prison sentences, within the past two years, Epps had not been indicted despite his apparent prominent role — a development that has fueled speculation that Epps may have been a federal agent or acting as an informant.
The single misdemeanor count has further added speculation that Epps has some connection to the government, considering the bevy of other charges against other people, including Proud Boys member Enrique Tarrio, who received a 22-year prison sentence even though he wasn’t in Washington, D.C. on Jan 6th.
Unlike the major media, we don’t have to pretend we’re stupid; Occam’s razor explains why the feds weren’t pursuing Ray Epps despite him being a 1/6 ringleader. The media was specifically not asking about the blatant double btwn Epps & guys like Enrique Tarrio (22 years in prison… https://t.co/6osoCmvlp9
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 19, 2023
Epps faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison. However, as NBC News reported, Epps was charged by information, which suggests a plea deal was worked out ahead of time, and the judge has scheduled a plea agreement hearing for Sept. 20, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
Epps has denied working with or acting at the direction of any law enforcement agency.
Democrats have long insisted that assertions Epps was a federal agent or informant were nothing more than right-wing conspiracy theories.
Ray Epps, the man who conspiracy theorists on the Right claimed was working for the government on 1/6, since he had not been charged, has just been charged with “Disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds”.
Now the same people are claiming that since he… pic.twitter.com/qG0LfClvzW
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) September 19, 2023
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