After years of controversy over his role in fomenting the January 6 riots, Ray Epps has been formally charged with a sole count of ‘disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds.’
The solitary charge was filed by U.S. Attorney for the District of Washington D.C., Matthew Graves, in district court.
It alleges that Epps “did knowingly, and with the intent to impede and disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business and official functions, engage in disorderly and disruptive conduct” in a restricted building “where the Vice President was and would be temporarily visiting.”
Ray Epps has FINALLY been charged… with ONE count of “Disorderly Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds.”
That’s IT. You can’t make this stuff up. 🔻 pic.twitter.com/Z8fLQ8d5EZ
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) September 19, 2023
In the aftermath of January 6th, Epps gained notoriety in conservative circles for avoiding legal consequences while many other participants faced severe sentencing and endured harsh conditions awaiting trial.
Speculation circulated, suggesting that Epps might have had ties to the government and played a role in instigating the riots.
Video evidence also circulated showing him encouraging others to enter the Capitol at a time when it was off-limits to the public, and Congress was in the process of certifying the 2020 election results.
After Epps encouraged the crowd to go “into the Capitol, into the Capitol,” the crowd broke out into a chant of “Fed! Fed! Fed! Fed!”
Epps also whispered something to Ryan Samsel, the first person to breach the Capitol grounds on January 6.
The last person to whisper something to Ryan Samsel, one of the first J6ers to breach exterior police lines that day, was Ray Epps.
Epps is a free man–Ryan Samsel has spent 422 days in solitary confinement as this treacherous, abusive DOJ adds new indictments and co-defendants: pic.twitter.com/lnTRQJExLI
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) March 30, 2022
As Julie Kelly pointed out, Samsel was subject to harsh punishment, while Epps remained uncharged — until today and after two years of public pressure.
Ray Epps is suing Fox for portraying him as an instigator of a riot on January 6, 2021.
Legal discovery should be very interesting.