Anti-Trump Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) reacted defensively to a tweet calling for the House GOP to investigate the mysterious Ray Epps and his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol incident.
The posting noted that Epps “is on video encouraging a crowd to riot” along with giving a sworn statement claiming responsibility for instigating the chaos. It called for an investigation into his role along with who he communicated with and “who in power helped set up the events.”
Adam Kinzinger DEFENDS Ray Epps and Gets Obliterated by Conservatives on Twitter https://t.co/V7O4e42yWM
— Col. Rob Maness ret. 1776 🇺🇸 (@RobManess) January 2, 2023
Kinzinger, who was not tagged or even mentioned, retorted with “Literally completely untrue.”
As an outspoken member of the thoroughly debunked Jan. 6 House select committee, wouldn’t Kinzinger want an investigation to reveal the whole story of the day? Apparently not.
This despite the release of the committee transcripts showing that the un-indicted Epps admitted to urging Trump supporters to enter the Capitol both the day before and the day of the protest.
This bizarre fact did not escape the attention of the former president. Posting on his Truth Social platform, Trump noted “the Unselect Committee doesn’t explain Ray Epps, Sullivan, or the ‘other’ ringleaders.” His Saturday morning post went on to ask “why?”
The former president’s post shared another from Dinesh D’Souza. In it, the conservative commentator wrote: “On January 6, 2021, Ray Epps texted his nephew to say, ‘I was in the front with a few others. I also orchestrated it.”
A link was added to the full committee transcript of Epps’ interview.
And on Friday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) tweeted, “Number One, Ray Epps should be in jail.”
Epps’ voluntarily testified before the panel after videos surfaced showing him imploring protesters to “go into the Capitol.” The footage revealed nearby Trump supporters shouting “No!” and chanting “Fed! Fed! Fed!”
Critics charge that the panel softball questions to Epps that helped him avoid responsibility for any serious involvement. He since backtracked on his use of “orchestrated” and claimed that his wife scolded him for making that statement.
Whatever the truth is, Kinzinger’s reaction is telling. The House committee never had intentions of reaching any conclusion except the one they set out to prove. A different finding would distract from the narrative that Trump pulled strings and maliciously choreographed the day’s events.