The House Select Committee, which was investigating the Capitol riot, refused to set a time when Ray Epps’ transcript will be made public.
Epps, a leader of the “Oath Keepers” group who was seen on video the day before the January 6 riot telling a crowd to go into the Capitol, reportedly sat for an official transcribed interview with the committee on Friday.
Bennie Thompson, Chairman of Select Committee, did promise to publish a transcript from the interview but he refused to set a specific date.
“We will,” he told the Washington Examiner last week when asked about releasing the transcript. “But you know, there’s a review process that goes with every deposition.”
“He has to have an opportunity to review it, say, ‘This is what I said,’” Thompson continued. “At some point, it will be made available. I just can’t tell you when.”
Tell me again why Ray Epps hasn’t been arrested yet? pic.twitter.com/taEmIZmjXh
— LivePDDave 🇺🇸 🚨 🥊 (@LivePDDave1) January 13, 2022
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Ray Epps Interview
It is highly unlikely that any witness at the Capitol Riot who could provide evidence of a connection with ex-President Donald Trump’s involvement would be able to do so. They interview transcript released ‘eventually’ after being given an ‘opportunity to review it.’
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Ray Epps is therefore given that chance.
Unproven allegations that Epps was involved in inciting pro-Trump protesters rioting and breaking into the Capitol are unfounded.
“Tomorrow, we need to get into the Capitol! Into the Capitol!” he is seen telling rallygoers in one video from the scene, while some around him respond, “No,” and begin chanting, “Fed! Fed! Fed!”
NEW: Ray Epps is scheduled to address the January 6 Select Committee today. The committee will then release transcripts from interviews, as Chairman Bennie Thomson told me. “At some point, it will be made available. I just can’t tell you when.” @dcexaminer
— Emily Brooks (@emilybrooksnews) January 21, 2022
Epps is one of three people who have been removed from the FBI’s Capitol Violence most wanted list without an explanation from authorities.
Many have wondered why no charges weren’t filed for his remarks, which were captured on video.
Initially, the House Select Committee insisted that Ray Epps be interviewed.
“The Select Committee has interviewed Mr. Epps,” the panel said in a statement following a Senate hearing in which Ted Cruz (R-TX) brought up the figure’s name.
“Mr. Epps informed us that he was not employed by, working with, or acting at the direction of any law enforcement agency on January 5th or 6th or at any other time, and that he has never been an informant for the FBI or any other law enforcement agency.”
Shortly thereafter, however, the committee admitted that Epps was never given a formal interview, and instead, the first ‘meeting’ was informal and wasn’t even transcribed.
So the definitive statements made by Adam Kinzinger swallowed by the media about how Ray Epps never worked with FBI were based not no sworn testimony but just “informal meetings” with the Committee, and the denial was confined just to FBI, not all government agencies? LOL. https://t.co/ZyOxmkIDke
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 18, 2022
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Tucker Carlson Slams House Committee
Tucker Carlson from Fox News has said that federal involvement was greater than previously reported in an inciting incident on January 6th. He also slammed The Select Committee, and wonders what the Select Committee is hiding about Ray Epps.
“We are told there was an insurrection on January 6th,” Carlson said on his show last week. “That is obviously a lie, but if anybody if anyone was shown to be ‘insurrecting’ that day it was a mysterious man called Ray Epps.”
“He has not been indicted, he is not facing charges. Ray Epps was allegedly questioned by the January 6th Committee today. It wasn’t public. We aren’t getting a transcript of that interview for some reason. But that is pretty strange,” Carlson insisted.
Carlson then noted that Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, was an anti-Trump lawmaker who was on the January 6 Committee and adamantly denied Epps’ involvement in the Capitol riot. He was also one of the first people to insist that they had interviewed him.
“The narrative on Jan. 6 has been that it’s first Antifa, or patriots who love their country, maybe crisis actors, def false flag operatives, or now FBI agents,” Kinzinger wrote. “Take your pick. The truth is that they were just rioters who were incited by lies. They are not fed. Just another misled man.”
Other ‘misled men’ have been in prison since January of last year. Others will remain in jail for longer periods. One ‘misled woman’ was killed that day for her role in the events at the Capitol.
Ray Epps however is worthy to be defended by an anti-Trump committee.
“Several days ago Adam Kinzinger told us that the committee had already spoken to Ray Epps and in fact, he held Ray Epps as a hero and thanked him for his cooperation,” Carlson said.
“What is going on here? They are lying about Ray Epps there is no question about that,” he continued. “What exactly are they hiding?”