Tucker Carlson Challenges Jan 6 Committee: 'Affirm Ray Epps Isn't a Government Agent'
Fox News host responds to select panel's statement
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has dared the House Select Committee "investigating" the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to declare Ray Epps was not working with any government agency.
Carlson’s challenge came in response to the select panel issuing a statement saying it interviewed Epps, who was seen on video urging people to march to the U.S. Capitol before the riot took place.
Epps claimed he was not an informant for the FBI or any government agency.
“Would the committee be willing to broaden that statement and affirm in writing that Ray Epps wasn’t working with any government agency, law enforcement or otherwise?" Carlson asked.
“That would be a very simple change to make,” he added.
"Let’s see if they make it. Let’s see if Republicans will force them to make it."
Epps was removed from the FBI’s Capitol Violence most wanted list without explanation after six months.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger tweeted that Epps was removed from he list “because apparently, he broke no laws.”
He added that Epps “has cooperated and is nothing but a Jan 6 protest attendee, in his own words.”
Epps was “of course the opposite of that,” Carlson said.
"Of everyone there, Ray Epps is the one you should be the maddest at if you are the Democratic Party."
"And yet they are telling you he was an attendee — not an insurrectionist, not a terrorist — just an attendee, another engaged American just exercising his constitutional rights."
It's clear the DOJ had some role in the events of January 6 pic.twitter.com/aR8SaiNZoU— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) January 12, 2022
Carlson said it was a “huge” change that does not make any sense.
The Fox News hots also questioned the panel’s timing with their statement and asked if the public as well as anybody who has been charged with connection to the riot could see the interview transcript with Epps.
Earlier this week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled a senior Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official who refused to say whether the agency participated in the riot.
As Neon Nettle reported:
Executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Branch, Jill Sanborn, refused to say whether any FBI agents participated in the January 6 riot.
Cruz asked Sanborn:
“How many FBI agents or confidential informants actively participated in the events of January 6?”
“Sir, I’m sure you can appreciate that I can’t go into the specifics of sources and methods.”
Cruz asked if “any FBI agents or confidential informants” actively participated in the events of January 6th.
“Yes or no?” he asked.
Sanborn responded, “Sir, I can’t answer that.”
Last December, reporters tracked down and exposed Epps’ identity.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has produced a three-part documentary called “Patriot Purge” that concludes growing evidence points to “incitement by federal agents” and the “intentional entrapment of American citizens.”