US hearings revive baseless conspiracy theory about Capitol riot

Published on 17/06/2022 at 17:57

Social media posts, politicians and media pundits have claimed that a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent named Ray Epps helped incite violence at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. This is misleading; while Epps, a supporter of former president Donald Trump, was in Washington in the lead-up to the attack, he told congressional investigators he has no ties to the FBI -- and evidence suggests he tried to calm the rioters.