FBI National Security branch assistant director Jill Sanborn stated that she could not answer Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) question about whether Jan. 6 provocateur Ray Epps was a federal asset during Congressional questioning on Tuesday.
When asked “Who is Ray Epps,” Sanborn replied, “I am aware of the individual, sir, uh, I don’t have the specific background of him.”
After showing evidence of Epps’ bizarre behavior on both Jan. 5 and Jan.6, Cruz asked, “This was strange behavior, so strange that the crowd started chanting ‘fed, fed, fed.’ Ms. Sanborn, was Ray Epps a fed? How many FBI agents or confidential informants actively participated in the events of January 6th?”
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“Sir, I can’t answer that,” Sanborn said.
“A lot of Americans are concerned that the federal government deliberately encouraged illegal and violent conduct on January 6,” Cruz pressed. “This is not an ordinary law enforcement question, this is about public accountability. Did federal agents or those in service of federal agents actively encourage violent and criminal conduct on January 6?”
“Not to my knowledge, sir,” Sanborn replied.
Stewart Rhodes, Ray Epps, and John Sullivan have been subpoenaed to testify at Meggs’ trial in a move defense attorney Jon Moseley told National File he believes will prove his client’s innocence, and will prove the entire prosecution to be politically motivated.
Rhodes’ presence in Washington, D.C. has been the subject of much skepticism, with Darren Beattie’s Revolver News publishing a series of investigative reports suggesting he may be working with the federal government, or its intelligence agencies, in some capacity.
Epps’ identity became known in conservative circles due to the exhaustive work of Revolver News, which compiled extensive video showing Epps urge conservatives gathered in Washington, D.C. to storm the U.S. Capitol on and before January 6, 2021.