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Ray Epps Told FBI He Expected ‘Terrorist Attack’ on Jan. 6 — But Forgot to Mention His Real Reasons for Being at the Capitol

‘Mystery man’ Ray Epps has been the subject of controversy since he was first captured on video at the nation’s capitol before and during the January 6 incident clearly inciting protesters to attack the Capitol building.

Inexplicably, Ray Epps’ name and photograph was #16 on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list, before it was quietly scrubbed. Not only was Epps never charged, he was even brought before Nancy Pelosi’s partisan J6 committee , despite his suspect activities prior to the attack on the Capitol.

In newly obtained interview transcripts with the FBI, Epps actually told the bureau that he expected a bomb would go off near the Capitol building.

“Yeah, I thought there might be a problem. That’s why I was there,” Epps told John Blischak, a FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force officer, in a March 3, 2021 meeting in Phoenix.

“I was afraid they were going to set off an explosion on one of the side streets,” Epps said, according to a recording of the interview obtained by The Epoch Times. “So we tried to stay in the middle, tried to get there early, tried to stay away from the sides. And if something like that happened, I had a first-aid kit. I could help out.”

Based on his activites, Epps appears to have misled the FBI about his intentions in D.C. and did not reveal his efforts to stoke the attendees to commit treasonous acts against the U.S. government.  Epps told agents he originally did not plan on attending a pro-Trump rally, but changed his mind after finding out his son, James Epps Jr., would be there.

“I thought something would happen in D.C. I thought there might be, what do they call them, EOD, something like that?” Epps, who is a Marine Corps veteran, appears to have been referring to an IED or Improvised Explosive Device.

It just so happened that a bomb threat was made against the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee on January 6, which tied up law enforcement resources — a common terrorism tactic. It was the bombs’ discovery that had actually caused Congress to be evacuated to begin with, and not the threat of the riot itself. Despite surveillance footage of the subject who apparently placed the IED, the suspect still remains at large.

Thus, two of the key figures on January 6 remain at-large and uncharged for the Capitol building siege, which has been characterized by Democrats as an ‘attempted coup’ or ‘insurrection.’

As Politico noted about Epps’ activities on January 6: “Epps was also seen in footage just before 1 p.m. on Jan. 6 at the front of a line of Trump supporters who were among the first to breach the Capitol barricades. He whispered something into the ear of Ryan Samsel, who has been charged as one of the first defendants to breach secured Capitol grounds. Moments later, Samsel and others charged through a barricade, injuring a Capitol Police officer on the other side.”

But the New York Times, no better than a house organ for Democrats and the deep state at this point, also seems to have misled readers in an attempt to give Epps cover. On June 30th, 2021 the New York Times published a piece entitled Inside the Capitol Riot: An Exclusive Video Investigation. Revolver notes the Times told an outright lie about Ray Epps:

Ray Epps, an Arizona man seen in widely-circulated videos telling Trump supporters on multiple occasions to go into the Capitol, also seemed to have acted on his own.

The claim that Epps “seemed to have acted on his own” is a lie betrayed by the videos themselves, which show him coordinating with others at the Capitol riots.

In a tip to the FBI on Jan. 8, 2021, Epps seems to have omitted the fact that he told people “to go into the Capitol” only days prior; but he did admit to crimes that others on January 6 were fully charged for.

“I am guilty of being there and probably trespassing,” he said at the time. “But I had a reason. I was trying to calm ’em down. I wanted to be there, but I’m trying to calm ’em down. Anything I can do to help. There’s no call for that kind of behavior. I will be your witness.”

The captured videos, unfortunately for Epps, are Americans’ witness that he seems to have misled the FBI. He was shouting encouragement to election protesters to commit treasonous acts against the U.S. government, such as “go into the building.” He was coordinating with the man who first carried out a violent act at the Capitol building grounds. Epps was at the center of it all, when it comes to J6.

But not only did Epps not get charged, he was a guest witness for the House Democrats’ partisan Jan. 6 committee. That tells Americans they need to know about the legitimacy of the House Democrats’ investigation of January 6, as well as the FBI’s lack of action against Epps.

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