Ray Epps wants apology from Tucker Carlson for Jan. 6 claims

Left: Ray Epps is seen talking with accused Jan. 6 rioter and Proud Boys member Ryan Samsel near the Peace Circle monument (via FBI court filing). Right: Photo of Tucker Carlson by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

The one-time Donald Trump supporter at the heart of a right-wing conspiracy theory about the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol is demanding a retraction and apology from Fox News and its most popular host.

Ray Epps, of Arizona, was seen in Washington on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 participating in various pro-Trump activities, including attending the so-called “Stop the Steal” rally that proceeded the march on the Capitol building. The fact that he has not been arrested in connection with the riot — and that he was removed from the FBI’s Most Wanted list after reaching out to federal investigators himself — has given rise to the theory that Epps was a federal plant, sent to rile up the pro-Trump crowd and lead them into a “false flag” operation.

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