Trump protestor Ray Epps charged with January 6 riot crime
Ray Epps, within the crimson Trump hat, heart, gestures to others as folks collect on the West Entrance of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 6, 2021.
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Ray Epps, the pro-Trump protester who’s the main target of right-wing conspiracy theories concerning the authorities orchestrating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot, was charged with disorderly conduct for his actions that day.
Federal prosecutors lodged that single rely in opposition to Epps on Monday in an info, a kind of charging doc routinely used when defendants have agreed to plead responsible. That submitting notes that he was on restricted grounds on the U.S. Capitol in the course of the riot.
A plea settlement listening to for Epps is about to happen on Zoom on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET earlier than U.S. District Choose James Boasberg.
A former member of the right-wing Oath Keepers group, Epps traveled to Washington, D.C., to protest on Jan. 6 when a joint session of Congress started assembly on the U.S. Capitol to verify that President Joe Biden had defeated then-President Donald Trump within the Electoral Faculty vote.
Then-Vice President Mike Pence was presiding over the session earlier than a horde of Trump supporters invaded the Capitol, inflicting lawmakers to flee.
Epps fell below suspicion by others on the suitable after he was seen on video taken on Jan. 5, 2021, displaying him on the streets encouraging others to “go into the Capitol.”
He since has been on the heart of a false conspiracy concept that the FBI provoked the riot. Some mainstream conservative voices in media and authorities questioned his actions and questioned why he had not been criminally charged by the Division of Justice together with different protestors who had been on the Capitol on Jan.6.
In July, Epps filed a defamation lawsuit in opposition to Fox Information and its former opinion host Tucker Carlson over their protection of him.
In Monday’s submitting in U.S. District Court docket in Washington, D.C., Epps was charged with one rely of knowingly participating in “disorderly and disruptive conduct” with the “intent to impede and disrupt” the federal government’s exercise happening on Jan. 6.
Epps’ conduct “did in reality impede and disrupt the orderly conduct of Authorities enterprise and official features,” U.S. Legal professional Matthew Graves wrote within the two-page info.
An lawyer for Epps in his defamation lawsuit didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s requests for touch upon him being criminally charged.