DOJ Charges Ex-Oath Keeper Ray Epps in Jan. 6 Riot

( – Ray Epps has been charged with a misdemeanor in connection with his involvement in the January 6, 2021, riot that occurred at the U.S. Capitol. Epps, a former Marine, said he never intended to break the law. Epps had “concerns” about the election and believed it his duty to protest the results.

During the protest, Epps is seen on video attempting to deescalate the violence that erupted near the Capital Building. Epps had hoped for a peaceful demonstration at the Capitol and was “shocked” at how the situation escalated. He is not charged with entering the Capitol building but with disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted area. It is anticipated that Epps will enter a guilty plea for the misdemeanor charge.

After the January 6th riot, Epps became the target of conspiracy theories. Epps was accused of being an undercover FBI informant being used to incite Trump supporters into acts of violence. Tucker Carlson from Fox News did more than twelve segments about Epps promoting the conspiracy theory.

Epps claims that because he was featured so prominently by Tucker Carlson, he and his family began receiving threats. Even his grandkids were being picked on at school for “what their granddad did”. Epps and his wife had to leave their home in Arizona and move into a recreational vehicle in the Rocky Mountains.

Epps has filed a lawsuit against Fox News, naming Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and Will Cain. The lawsuit claims that Fox News used Epps as a scapegoat for the January 6th riots by falsely accusing him of being an FBI informant. The lawsuit also claims that the threats and harassment that caused major upset to Epps and his family were caused by the false accusations about him being promoted by Tucker Carlson on the newscast.

Epps has worked as a roofer since leaving the U.S. Marine Corps and says that he has never worked for the FBI.

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