Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill) on Tuesday debunked a capitol riot conspiracy theory backed by Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, which is becoming increasingly popular in right-wing circles.
“I know it will break some hearts. For months, people like Tucker Carlson, MTG, Gaetz, and now Cruz have been “just asking questions” about a man named Ray Epps, ”Kinzinger tweeted, referring to spokesperson Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga .), Rep. Matt Goetz (R-Florida) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Epps was seen on camera on January 5, 2021, urging Donald Trump supporters to enter the US Capitol, the day before the January 6 attack on Congress.
“Some in the crowd chanted ‘Fed-Fed-Fed’,” Kinzinger noted. “Why? Who knows, maybe they knew that in the video he was talking about the infiltration of the Capitol the day before it was supposed to happen and wanted to create distance?”
Because he was not arrested – and because he was originally on the FBI’s wanted list and then expelled – Carlson and others assumed he was an FBI operative and part of the Capitol’s false flag operation.
Cruz, who had just appeared on The Carlson Show, which critics called “sycophancy” in front of the Fox News host, used his time during Tuesday’s hearing to question an FBI official about Epps.
But Kinzinger wrote in a series of tweets that Epp spoke to the House Committee to Investigate the Capitol Riots, and there is another reason he was dropped from the wanted list, never arrested, and never charged:
“While it might break your heart, it’s true,” Kinzinger added. “Many are misled by so few. Just look up.
Kinzinger also included a statement from a committee spokesman … and added a note of his own addressed to Cruz: