Sen. Ted Cruz really went to town on a top FBI official on Tuesday concerning whether or not there were bureau informants present during the Jan. 6 riots, particularly focusing on a man named Ray Epps.
FBI executive assistant director for national security, Jill Sanborn, essentially refused to answer any key questions asked, stating that she was not allowed to disclose “sources and methods.” Sanborn then stated that she wasn’t aware of any FBI agents on Jan. 6 inciting violence or criminal conduct.
Cruz cited a video showing Epps encouraging people to enter the Capitol. The crowd accused him of being a federal agent. Cruz said Epps was initially put on a list from the FBI looking for information on the Capitol riot. He also said Epps was taken off the public posting later and has not been charged to date.
"How many FBI agents or confidential informants actively participated in the events of January 6th?"
"Who is Ray Epps?" pic.twitter.com/Haufq3kym2
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) January 11, 2022
Sanborn said she was familiar with Epps but could not answer Cruz’s question about whether he was an FBI agent. Sanborn also noted that she did not have “the specific background on him.”
Sen. Tom Cotton followed Cruz and questioned Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olson during Tuesday’s hearing. Cotton asked if the FBI had any plainclothes officers in the crowd of rioters at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Olson said he did not know the answer to that question. Olson also said that he did not have information on Epps.
According to the report, there are three individuals who allegedly participated in the events that transpired on Jan. 6 who seemingly disappeared from the FBI’s Capitol Violence Most Wanted list with no explanation as to why.
Because that isn’t fishy or anything, right?