Assessment: In a Jan. 5 video, Epps was seen saying, “In fact, tomorrow, I don’t even want to say it because I will probably be arrested. Tomorrow, we need to go into the Capitol.” He later told Anne Ryman of the Arizona Republic, “The only thing that meant is we would go in the doors like everyone else. It was totally, totally wrong the way they went in.”
According to the attorney for Ray Epps, a former Arizona Oath Keeper whose presence at the January 6, 2021 events at Capitol Hill has drawn scrutiny all across social media, the reason the FBI removed Epps’ face from a January 6 suspect list six months later was partially because he was not an unidentified suspect any longer.
John Blischak told Politico that Epps contacted the FBI on January 8, 2021, and “explained his position” after a relative informed him news reports had featured him. “The list contains images and videos of rioters who were caught on camera in the crowd but who have not been identified or tracked by the bureau,” Politico added.
“For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.” Luke 8″17
Blischak admitted he was unaware why Epps’ face was not scrubbed from the website for months.
Mary McCord, a former acting assistant attorney general for national security, echoed, “The FBI no longer needs help identifying him. It also seems from his attorney that he has been cooperative, so the FBI isn’t looking for him and has a way to reach him through counsel,” as The Washington Post reported.
Videos on Jan. 5 show Epps urging other to “go into the Capitol.” “Some in the crowd quickly booed and responded to with chants accusing Epps of being a ‘fed,’” Politico noted, pointing out that Epps added,.“Peacefully.”