J6 Notable Ray Epps Faces Single Charge

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Matthew M. Graves, U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, charged Ray Epps with a single count in relation to his activities. Epps was a prominent J6 protester, who was repeatedly videotaped on Jan. 6, 2020, encouraging protesters to take the protest to Capitol grounds.

JAMES RAY EPPS SR. engaged in disorderly, disruptive conduct on or around January 6, 2021, in the District of Columbia. This included any restricted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area in the United States Capitol, including its grounds. The Vice President would have been visiting this restricted area.

The charge cites 18 U.S.C. 1752(a)(2), which is related to conduct when trespassing on federal government property.

Epps is accused of obstructing and disrupting the orderly conduct of the government. However, unlike other J6 defendants the DOJ has not charged Epps under 18 U.S.C. 1512(c)(2):

The law prohibits anyone who corruptly or by force or threats, or through any letter or communication threatening to do so, attempts to influence, obstruct, or hinder the proper administration of any law, under which a pending proceeding before any agency or department of the United States is taking place, or the proper exercise of any power of inquiry, under which an inquiry or investigation by either House is being conducted, by any committee in either House, by any joint committee, by the Congress.

Stephen Horn of J6 Films, who was found guilty Monday on four misdemeanors relating to his shooting videos in and around Capitol posted the video below with Epps wearing his red ballcap.

In July, we reported that Epps’ legal team was expecting these charges.

Capitol Hill conservatives questioned Attorney General Merrick Wray and FBI Director Christopher Wray on why Epps remained at large when there were many witnesses, and videos, of the Queen Creek Arizona wedding host at the Capitol and in the surrounding area, directing people to express their anger at the Capitol.

Thomas Massie, Kentucky Republican Rep., posted the video that he showed Garland.

Massie, my colleague, reported Massie’s detailed objections against the official J6 story–including the whitewashing of Epps’ role in the hoopla.

Matt Gaetz, Florida Republican Rep., and Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene reenacted the steps Epps had taken on Jan. 6, when they recreated them on Capitol grounds.

Epps’ testimony before the Select Committee Investigating the January 6th Attack against the United States on Jan. 21, 2022, validated the text message he sent to his nephew regarding the hundreds of demonstrators who overpowered Capitol Police barriers, and put on hold the congressional certification for the 2020 presidential elections: “I was at the front along with a few other people.” I also orchestrated the event.”

Epps dismissed the significance, which was in line with the videos of his exhortations on that particular day. “What I meant when I said orchestrate was that I helped get people to the event.”

The Marine veteran claimed he wasn’t involved in the chaos at the Capitol, and sent his text as he walked away.

I did not know they had broken into the Capitol at that time. I did not know that the windows had been damaged. I didn’t realize anyone was in the Capitol. If I answered, then I was there –at 2:12, at the time I was returning to my hotel room.

Julie Kelly, the writer of “January 6, How Democrats Used the Capitol Protest as a Launch Pad for a War on Terror Against the Political Right”, posted on X on her displeasure.

Numerous media outlets reported more than 1,100 people were charged for the protests of Jan. 6, but the DOJ releases that they referenced no longer exist.