At a Senate hearing this Tuesday, Jan. 11, Republican Senator Ted Cruz presented evidence of a possible FBI agent who was seen inciting the crowd to enter the Capitol grounds and break down security barriers.
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled “The Threat of Domestic Terrorism One Year After Jan. 6,” Ted Cruz asked Ms. Jill Sanborn, Deputy Executive Director of the FBI’s Homeland Security Branch, a series of questions related to a possible FBI agent who was present in the days leading up to and during Jan. 6 on Capitol Hill.
Cruz asked Sanborn, “How many FBI agents or confidential informants actively participated in the events of Jan. 6?” and the response was, “Sir, I’m sure you can appreciate that I can’t go into the specifics of sources and methods.”
The senator asked if “any FBI agents or confidential informants” were actively involved in the Jan. 6 incidents. “Yes or no?”
Sanborn replied, “Sir, I can’t answer that.”
Sanborn again answered the same thing when asked if any FBI agents or confidential informants “committed crimes of violence on Jan. 6,” or if any FBI agents or informants actively encouraged and incited crimes of violence that day.
The Republican presented screenshots of videos showing Ray Epps, a former Marine, in Washington DC on Jan. 5, telling the crowd, “Tomorrow, we need to get into the Capitol! Into the Capitol!”
Curiously, the crowd began chanting, ‘Fed, fed, fed.’
The next day, the day of the riots, Epps can be seen in another clip dressed in military-style clothing and shouting to a crowd, “OK folks, spread the word. As soon as the president is done speaking, we go to the Capitol, where our problems are.”
In another photo submitted by the senator, Epps is seen whispering in the ear of a group of Trump supporters who then tear down police security fences.
Cruz then asked Sandborn if she knew who Epps was, to which the FBI official said she was aware of the individual’s description but did not have his background on hand.
The senator then asked if Epps was an FBI agent.
“Sir, I can’t answer that question,” Sanford said.
Cruz went on to show photos of what was the FBI’s wanted list in connection with the Capitol assault.
In the photos on the first list, Epps appears as one of the wanted persons, but on a later list, he no longer appears, which the senator noted as very troubling because Epps has not been charged or arrested by the FBI, like many other Trump supporters that were there that day.
The select committee investigating the Jan. 6 incidents interviewed the former Marine who claimed not to belong to any federal agency, and according to Fox News, clarified that in his message, he only meant to tell the crowd to enter the building through the door like anyone else and denounced the violence of that day.
“He didn’t enter the Capitol on Jan. 6, and was removed from the most wanted list because apparently, he broke no laws,” Republican Kinzinger said of Epps and criticized those who spread the “conspiracy theory” that the FBI was the one who incited the mass of people to enter the congressional grounds.
Ted Cruz was upset with the FBI’s responses and complained about the constant evasion of his questions.
“The American people deserve transparency from the DOJ & the FBI about Jan. 6,” Cruz tweeted Tuesday after the hearing.
“For months, I’ve been demanding answers & still to this day, their answers are: ‘I’m not sure’—’I don’t have the numbers’—’I don’t have any information about that,'” the senator complained.
“Questions about Ray Epps & his disappearance from the FBI’s public posting is a matter of public accountability for the FBI and the American people deserve real answers,” Cruz added.
Republican Representatives Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene also held a press conference on Jan. 6. Both made the same point about the FBI’s involvement in the incidents, although they went a step further.
“Congresswoman Greene and I are not here to celebrate Jan. 6. We’re not here to obsess about it, but we’re here to expose the truth, to ask key questions about what happened on Jan. 6, what animated the violence, the extent to which the federal government had been involved,” Gaetz said at the news conference according to the Daily Mail.
“We know this—Jan. 6 last year wasn’t an insurrection. No one has been charged with insurrection. No one has been charged with treason. But it may very well have been a fed-surrection,” the Republican charged.
Republicans and conservatives have criticized the Biden administration for blowing the Jan. 6 incidents out of proportion and trying to ruin the political career of Trump and all politicians loyal to his leadership.
Even though the former president was acquitted of ‘incitement’ charges and that the FBI itself found no evidence that the assault on the Capitol was coordinated, one year later, the mainstream media and Democrats are still trying to hold the former president responsible for the event.