Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is raising new questions about potential FBI involvement in the Capitol Hill riot of January 6, 2021.
Several key individuals who actively worked to convince protesters to storm the Capitol haven’t been charged, even though there’s video of their involvement. That’s raised questions about whether those people, like a former militia leader named Ray Epps, might have helped to fuel the riot while working undercover for the FBI.
So during a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Cruz asked FBI officials about it. “Did any FBI agents or confidential informants actively participate in the events of January 6th? Yes or no?” Cruz asked. The FBI official deflected every question he asked.
.@SenTedCruz: "Did any FBI agents or confidential informants actively participate in the events of January 6th? Yes or no?"
FBI's Jill Sanborn: "I can't answer that." pic.twitter.com/Z5Sj1tSyNx
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 11, 2022
During the Senate hearing, Cruz also points out that the FBI had listed Ray Epps as someone they were seeking, offering cash rewards for information leading to his arrest. Cruz said then Epps was “magically” dropped from the FBI’s search without comment, despite video evidence of him trying to rally protesters to breach the Capitol. See more about that Epps video below.
One year later, more than 700 people have been arrested – most charged with misdemeanors for entering the Capitol building illegally. Others who entered the Capitol have been jailed on felony charges, accused of actually assaulting the police.
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