Pro-Trump protester Ray Epps, the focus of conspiracy theories on January 6, is charged with disorderly conduct


Ray Epps, wearing a red Trump hat, center, gestures to others as people gather on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021.

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Ray Epps, the pro-Trump protester who has been the focus of right-wing conspiracy theories about the government orchestrating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, has been charged with disorderly conduct stemming from his actions that day.

Epps was charged Monday by federal prosecutors in an information, a type of charging document routinely used when defendants agree to plead guilty.

He is charged with intentionally engaging in “disorderly and disruptive conduct” with the intent to “impede and disrupt” government activity taking place on January 6, 2021, according to information filed in federal court in Washington, D.C.

The recording stated that Epps was present for prohibited reasons at the US Capitol on the day when a joint session of Congress was held to affirm President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over former President Donald Trump.

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The recording indicated that then-Vice President Mike Pence was presiding over that session.

Epps’ conduct “actually obstructed and disrupted the orderly conduct of government business and official functions,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves wrote in the two-page filing.

In July, Epps A Defamation He sued Fox News and former opinion host Tucker Carlson over their coverage of him.

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