Ray Epps is not happy. He is SO ‘not happy’ that he is suing Fox News.
The fact that he was walking around as a free man made it really strange that he had any real cause to sue Fox News. We now have the ‘rest of the story’.
He has been walking around as a free man for years, long after being right at ground zero of events as they unfolded on J6.
Somehow, despite some very damning footage of his actions on January 6th (and a text in which he claimed to have ‘orchestrated’ the day’s events), he had never faced any obvious consequences for his actions that day.
On January 6, 2021 Ray Epps texted his nephew to say, “I WAS IN THE FRONT WITH A FEW OTHERS. I ALSO ORCHESTRATED IT.” See the relevant section and also link to full transcript below https://t.co/JV1cITkprd pic.twitter.com/EJb6UKoDfU
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) December 30, 2022
When he announced he was suing Fox News, those facts played a big part in our reporting on this story. Ray Epps Is About To Sue FoxNews… Is He SURE That Is Such A Good Idea?
In the time since that piece was written, new facts have been revealed.
“Finally, in May 2023, the Department of Justice notified Epps that it would seek to charge him criminally for events on January 6, 2021—two-and-a-half years later,” Epps’s attorney, Michael Teter, writes in the complaint. “The relentless attacks by Fox and Mr. Carlson and the resulting political pressure likely resulted in the criminal charges.”
“Fox News and in particular Tucker Carlson spent a good part of two years lying about Mr. Epps’s involvement in January 6th, creating a fictitious story and narrative about him that is wholly untrue,” Teter told NPR. “And because of that he has faced harassment and threats from Fox viewers and others that have ruined his life.”
Epps, from Arizona, claims he and his wife had to sell their home, abandon their wedding business, and move to a mobile home in Utah, according to Teter. — BPR
Oh, OK. So after two years of throwing parading grandmothers and cancer patients to rot for years in solitary confinement under horrific conditions without bail or a conviction, they’ve finally got around to charging the guy who was scant feet away from the place where the crowd first pushed through the protective fencing. (The fact that he whispered something to the guy who charged through the fence seems relevant, too.)
He’s upset that the DOJ has arrested him, as though he should have more deferential treatment than anyone else there that day that came with innocent intent, did no harm, and was just swept up in the chaotic flow of events and press of the crowd.
He’ll get to have his day in court, like anyone else who has been accused. It just seems strange that the DOJ is finally getting around to taking an interest in someone whose role on that day was a known entity from the beginning.
It didn’t help matters any that the same people (including the J6 committee, elected Dems, the media, and other never-Trumpers) smelled blood in the water over hundreds of J6 ‘insurrectionists’ but almost universally had an allergic response to any mention of Ray Epps.
A comparison has been made to Brandon Straka when Congress crossed swords with Chris Wray. Brandon takes issue with some of the points made in that exchange. Epps’s situation was NOTHING like his own. He says it was far worse.
Today my name and my case were referenced several times while Christopher Wray testified for @RepTroyNehls at the FBI Weaponization Hearing.
People have wondered why I was FBI raided, jailed, charged, and had my life destroyed- but Ray Epps has faced no consequences.
I don’t… pic.twitter.com/gDfFXNIqMS
— Brandon Straka (@BrandonStraka) July 13, 2023
Even now that Epps faces charges, the discrepancy in how he is being treated is obvious. It continues to raise red flags by partisans on the right.
WaPo, NYTimes, Bloomberg, and Rolling Stone are now not referring to Jan 6 as an insurrection or even a riot bc they are now defending Ray Epps
Now Jan 6 was 'rallies,' 'demonstrations,' and 'protests' pic.twitter.com/D5zAlxicbP
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 13, 2023
What makes Ray special that they have gone out of their way to protect him?
Now that criminal charges have been filed, we might finally find out.
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