Investigative journalist Lara Logan has produced a special report on infamous Jan. 6th rioter Ray Epps and his strange past.
One big bombshell to come from the report is the finding that Epps had, just prior to the Jan. 6th riot, told a fellow protester that they were there “to storm the Capitol.”
“We’re here to storm the Capitol,” he specifically said.
New J6 footage reveals Ray Epps saying, “We’re here to storm the capitol.”
— Paul A. Szypula (@Bubblebathgirl) November 5, 2023
The fellow protester Epps spoke to in the clip above was Anthime Joseph “Tim” Gionet, aka the popular streamer and content producer known as Baked Alaska.
“Nobody cared about the Ray Epps story for the first year after Jan. 6th,” Gionet told Logan in an interview. “It was just a nothing burger to everybody for some reason. I thought it was a big story, but I was banned off Twitter, I was banned off YouTube, I was banned off all social media, so I couldn’t get the story out. I wasn’t able to get into the mainstream.”
“I was arrested probably a week after Jan. 6th. And when I got out, my followers and my fans — we all started looking into Ray Epps, and someone’s, like, he used to be an Oath Keeper, and he used to be military intelligence, and on and on and on. And we just started finding these crazy things about Ray Epps,” he added.
This prompted Logan to ask him how he knew that Epps had a background in military intelligence. Gionet responded by admitting he was just speculating.
“I say this is allegedly, this is what I believe. I don’t have, like, a smoking gun. I do know that he was an Oath Keeper. I do know he was in the military because there was an old Facebook photo of him that I’ve seen on his actual Facebook. And that’s why even when I say he’s a fed, I say allegedly. That’s what I believe based off the evidence I saw,” he said.
Watch the full interview below:
Was Ray Epps the victim of right wing conspiracies and speculation?
Or was he being used, like everyone else on January 6th, but for a different purpose? pic.twitter.com/nu8zLJPjaK
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The good news is that Logan’s team has confirmed that Epps was indeed involved with the Oath Keepers. This is a big, big, big deal because “this is the organization that, according to the DOJ, led the so-called ‘insurrection,'” Logan noted.
Moreover, Logan’s team has obtained old video footage of Epps marching alongside the Oath Keepers and, more specifically, alongside its founder at some event.
“At Epps’ side, the man who led them, Stewart Rhodes, founder of the group, and one of the few convicted on charges of seditious conspiracy. He’s currently serving 18 years, among the longest sentences of any Jan. 6th defendant,” Logan explained.
Her team has also found one of the other people who were at the event.
“Kate Hilton says she was at that event with Rhodes and Epps. A memorial the Oath Keepers held for a young Marine combat veteran [who] died tragically at home in Tucson, killed by police when a swat team raided his house and riddled his body with bullets,” Logan reported.
“Police provided conflicting accounts but in the end reportedly paid his family $3.4 million without admitting fault. At the time, Kate said, Epps was president of the Arizona Oath Keepers, where she’d been a member since early 2010,” she added.
According to Hilton, Epps left the Arizona Oath Keepers in late 2011 to focus on his work with the Mormon Church and the family business he was building. The problem, however, is that he told the Jan. 6th committee something entirely different.
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“According to the transcript, he said it was when Antifa had first come out in Portland, and they were burning things and doing different things on the news. Stewart Rhodes wanted to go there and try to direct them, according to Epps, and he did not agree with that, so he kind of split was. he added that they were too radical for his likes,” Logan reported.
The problem is that, according to Hilton, Rhodes never suggested anything of the sort. Moreover, Epps had seemingly left on good terms.
“Nobody saw him again. No contact. Until we saw the footage from Jan. 6th,” she recalled.
“What what did you think?” Logan asked.
“I thought he’s changed. I mean, he’s yelling go into the Capitol. That’s not something I could see him saying. That’s totally the opposite of the image he’d presented previously. He was a Marine, very disciplined. They don’t cross those lines. Yet here he was screaming to total strangers to cross that line. And it was so out of character from what I knew about him,” Hilton replied.
Watch the full special on X.
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