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Government Prepares Response To Ray Epps Conspiracy Theories

Government Prepares Response To Ray Epps Conspiracy Theories

Who is Ray Epps? Right-wing conspiracy theorists claim to think he’s a driving force behind the attack on the Capitol, and a government agent. The January 6th Committee has interviewed him and denied all of this. Still, there are demands, including from the former President of the United States, to know exactly why he hasn’t been charged — and soon, the U.S. Attorney’s office plans to release an answer.

WASHINGTON DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES – 2021/01/06: Rioters use tear gas while clashing with police trying to enter Capitol building through the front doors. Rioters broke windows and breached the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 election. Police used batons and tear gas grenades to eventually disperse the crowd. Rioters used metal bars and tear gas as well against the police. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The conspiratorial claim is that Epps was a government agent who worked the crowd on January 6th, tricking Donald Trump’s supporters into breaking down barriers, entering the Capitol Building, threatening the lives of police and legislators, and carrying out mayhem, destruction, and violence. This theory, of course, conveniently ignores all the evidence that conspirators planned the attack well in advance, brought a cache of firearms with them and stashed them off-site for later retrieval, brought other weapons, including firearms and bear mace, to the Capitol, and showed up in body armor.

Below you can see Trump at a rally riling his fans up over Epps, propagating the theory that he was behind it all.

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However, Politico reports that Epps’ story may not remain secret for long. It’s not only conspiracy theorists who have been asking for more information. Defense attorneys for January 6th defendants believe that Epps might be relevant to their defense, and they’ve complained that they’re not privy to information that might help their clients.

The disclosure is being described as something that will be released to defense lawyers, and it’s not clear whether there are plans to make it public at all, but once it is in the hands of attorneys for hundreds of defendants, it’s quite possible the public will find out, whether through leaks or through mentions in further trials.

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