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Ray Epps Set To Appear Before Pelosi’s Jan. 6 Committee
Scene outside the Capitol after Trump supporters breached the building in Washington, District of Columbia on January 6, 2021.
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Former Arizona Oath Keeper Ray Epps is set to appear before the January 6 select committee for a transcribed interview on Friday, according to recent reports.

Epps “intends to sit for a transcribed interview Friday with the select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol, his attorney said in a phone interview,” a Politico report confirmed.

Video shows Epps encouraging Trump rally attendees to go into the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Notably, the FBI scrubbed Epps from a January 6 suspect list.

As highlighted by The Daily Wire on Thursday, Epps’ attorney John Blischak said his client was scrubbed from the suspect list “partially because he was not an unidentified suspect any longer,” and:

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.

Blischak admitted he was unaware why Epps’ face was not scrubbed from the website for months.

Republicans and select journalists have been publicly questioning to what extent the FBI was involved or aware of the breach.

Notably, journalist Glenn Greenwald posed four questions related to the FBI and the events on January 6.

“How many FBI informants or agents helped plan 1/6?” Greenwald asked via Twitter. “How many FBI informants or agents were present at 1/6? How many FBI informants or agents were implanted in the 3 key groups? Why don’t we know the answers?”

As reported by The Daily Wire last week, video of Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz went viral when he pressed Jill Sanborn, the FBI’s executive assistant director of the National Security Branch, if the FBI committed any crimes during the breach. She refused to answer. Here’s the exchange:

CRUZ: I want to turn to the FBI. How many FBI agents or confidential informants actively participated in the events of January 6th?

SANBORN: Sir, I’m sure you can appreciate that I can’t go into the specifics of sources and methods.

CRUZ: Did any FBI agents or confidential informants actively participate in the events of January 6th? Yes or no?

SANBORN: Sir, I can’t. I can’t answer that.

CRUZ: Did any FBI agents or confidential informants commit crimes of violence on January 6th?

SANBORN: I can’t answer that, sir.

CRUZ: Did any FBI agents or FBI informants actively encourage and incite crimes of violence on January 6th?

SANBORN: Sir, I can’t answer that.

The Department of Justice boasted earlier this month that more than 725 people have been arrested in connection to the January 6 breach.

According to the press release, 640 defendants “have been charged with entering or remaining in a restricted federal building or grounds.” Some defendants are facing multiple charges.

Related: Ray Epps’ Atty: FBI Scrubbed His Face From Suspect List Because He Was No Longer Unidentified

Related: Journalist Glenn Greenwald Asks Four Questions About Jan. 6 And The FBI

Related: FBI Refuses To State That It Did Not Commit Crimes During Jan 6 Riot, Encourage Violence

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