A lot of the people sucked into this conspiracy theory are average folks who don’t under of the complex legal and constitutional issues at play in a theoretical criminal case against someone who never entered the Capitol. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, got his JD from Harvard.
So, in order to continue to subscribe to this bizarre conspiracy theory, you now have to believe that Epps lied to Congress with the FBI’s permission.

If you’re a member of Congress thinking about latching onto the "RedFace45" conspiracy theory now that the Ray Epps conspiracy has run its course, maybe don’t!

"I’m pretty sure the FBI wouldn’t be dumb enough to put their own agent on a wanted list.”
“I don’t give a shit about being wrong.” — a Jan. 6 lawyer/fundraiser who has referred to Ray Epps as “Agent Epps.” huffpost.com/entry/tucker-c…
The only distinction you can really draw between Ray Epps’ speech and Trump’s speech is that (on Jan. 5) Epps said “into” the Capitol, whereas Trump said “to” the Capitol. Both said “peacefully.”

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12 Jan
So, remember how Tucker Carlson had a Jan. 6 lawyer on his show who declared that a Trump fanatic on the front lines of the battle with police at the U.S. Capitol was “clearly a law enforcement officer” who was only dressed up as a Trump fanatic?
“Let’s put his picture back on the screen,” Tucker Carlson said, airing the conspiracy theory the Trump fan was a fed. “Who is this person? Why hasn’t he been charged? That’s a very simple ask.” huffpost.com/entry/tucker-c…
Well, Rally Runner — the St. Louis Cardinals superfan who runs around Busch stadium during games — is now a bit upset with the false story aired by Tucker Carlson (one of his favorite media figures) and his guest. Here are some videos he sent me:
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10 Jan
The city of Portsmouth is paying prominent state politician $300K after bringing bizarre felony charges against her in 2020. pilotonline.com/news/vp-nw-por…
Previously: Prosecutor Drops Dubious Confederate Statue Cases As Portsmouth Fires Police Chief huffpost.com/entry/portsmou…
Cop Who Charged Black Senator With ‘Injuring’ Confederate Statues Nurtured A Long Grudge huffpost.com/entry/portsmou…
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5 Jan
NEW: Attorney General Merrick Garland will tell Americans that DOJ "remains committed to holding all January 6th perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law — whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy."
Garland: "We will follow the facts wherever they lead.”
Garland: "Perpetrators punched dozens of law enforcement officers, knocking some officers
unconscious. Some perpetrators tackled and dragged law enforcement officers…”
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5 Jan
Nicholas Perretta “had a difficult struggle” because he graduated during the pandemic, his court-appointed attorney says.

She notes that she’s participated in demonstrations herself.

“It does sometimes get away from you,” she says.
Perretta’s lawyer notes that none of the people who spread the lies about the stolen election are facing consequences, yet her client is facing jail.

“There’s something off” about that, Carmen Hernandez says.
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4 Jan
“It’s just lying there as a cudgel if they want it.”

@joshgerstein with a good look at the discussion around terrorism sentencing enhancements in Jan. 6 cases:
As @emptywheel has observed, the potential for a terrorism sentencing enhancement could help explain why Danny Rodriguez’s federal public defenders fought to have his confession tossed (even though he’d easily be convicted without it). huffpost.com/entry/danny-ro…
In his confession, Danny Rodriguez basically said that, within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S., he committed acts dangerous to human life that were intended to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion. huffpost.com/entry/danny-ro…
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4 Jan
The first Jan. 6 case sentencing of this anniversary week will be underway in one hour:
“Your honor, I’ll be honest, I don’t know how Snapchat works,” says Leonard Pearson Ridge IV’s defense attorney. She says this Jan. 6 conviction will “follow him forever” and that "in many ways, having the conviction alone is punishment enough.”
Ridge: “I’m sorry for my actions and my conduct on that day… If I could do it over again I would have never went into that building.”

Ridge said he didn’t realize the impact that his actions would have on America’s standing in the world.
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