Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Why Charge Ray Epps Now 3 Years After the Jan. 6 Coup Attempt?

Dear Reader:

In case you don't remember Ray Epps allow me to refresh your memory.

On January 6, 2020, Epps went to the U.S. Capitol to protest Trump's loss and a weird thing happened.

Epps, a big Trump supporter, somehow got caught up in a crazy conspiracy theory perpetrated by his fellow Trumplicans and suddenly he became the enemy!

He was instantly transformed into an undercover federal agent that was urging Trump supporters to storm the Capitol knowing they'd get in trouble if they did.


Three years later, on Monday, the Justice Department charged Epps with a single misdemeanor count of disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted area via a criminal information, which is often an indication a defendant is prepared to plead guilty.

Why now? From Day One there were photos of him in the thick of the assault and even encouraging people to storm the People's House... but no charges. Over 1000 rioters from that day have been arrested and tried with hundreds more yet to go.

Here's a crazy thought: what if the Justice Department filed the charge at the behest of Epps attorney in an effort to prove (for once and all) he wasn't working for the feds? I've heard crazier theories.

Epps has been living in fear for his life and his wife's since he became a central conspiracy figure in the MAGA universe.

In sworn testimony before the Jan. 6 Committee Epps denied being an informant or federal agent to hopefully set the record straight. 

It didn't work even though the government confirmed he was not employed in any government agency. In fact, Epps is a roofer who led a quiet existence prior to going to the Capitol to support Trump's lies.

Hiding for years from the harassment that upended his life Epps finally struck back at his main detractors - Fox News and former host Tucker Carlson - and filed a defamation suit against them.

As it stands, I can't help pointing out the irony of MAGA morons going after each other like sharks in a feeding frenzy. 

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