Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, questioned an FBI official about possible bureaucratic involvement in the Capitol protests on Jan. 6. The FBI agent being questioned was clearly not pleased with his suggestions.
Specifically, the Texas senator was probing the agent about Ray Epps, who Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene believed “paved the way” for protestors to breach the Capitol.
According to Newsmax, the FBI’s executive assistant for the national security branch Jill Sanborn told the senator that she could not disclose “sources and methods.”
Sanborn, who did not answer the questions the senator posed, engaged in a heated exchange with Cruz.
“Did any FBI agents or confidential informants actively participate in the events of January 6th? Yes or no?” the senator asked. Sanborn replied that she cannot give that information.
“Did any FBI agents or confidential informants commit acts of violence on January 6th?” he repeated.
Sanborn responded, “I can’t answer that sir.”
When asked who Ray Epps is, Sanborn replied that she is “aware” of him but does not have specific background information on him.
“Well, there are a lot of people who are, understandably, very concerned about Mr. Epps,” Cruz replied. “On the night of January 5th, 2021, Epps wandered around the crowd that had gathered, and there is video of him chanting ‘tomorrow we need to get into the Capitol, into the Capitol.’ This was strange behavior, so strange, that the crowd began chanting ‘Fed, Fed, Fed, Fed’. Ms. Sanborn was Ray Epps a Fed?”
Sanborn replied with, “Sir I cannot answer that question.”
According to a Washington Examiner report, there were three people who mysteriously vanished from the FBI’s Most Wanted Capitol Violence list. Per the report, it says that one man was seen at the Capitol with an earpiece and what appeared to be a concealed handgun at the riot. Suddenly, when the New York Times reported that there was an FBI informant at the protests, the man was reportedly removed from the list.
According to the Examiner, the FBI and Justice Department did not return requests for comments on this matter.