Marjorie Taylor Greene Reignites Jan. 6 Conspiracy Theories About FBI

Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has appeared to shine light again on a Republican-pushed conspiracy theory that Ray Epps, an Arizona man and alleged former Oath Keeper, was an FBI informant who worked to instigate the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

In a Rumble live stream Thursday that coincided with a hearing from the House committee investigating the riot, Greene showed a video of Epps shouting to a crowd gathered the night before the riot that they "need to go into the Capitol." After screening the video, Greene said that his shouted push for the crowd to enter the Capitol building "sounds like a plan" and "coordinated."

"I think somebody that worked that hard to get people to go in the Capitol, why aren't they rotting away in the D.C. jail having their due process rights violated just like these other people here?" she asked, referencing others currently detained for alleged roles in the riot. "I think that's the questions that we should ask."

Greene did not mention the FBI while speaking about Epps in the stream, but proponents of the conspiracy theory have pushed the idea that he must have been working with the government because he has not been arrested, The New York Times reported.

Figures ranging from Texas Senator Ted Cruz to former President Donald Trump have helped spread the conspiracy theory that Epps was a federal informant and helped instigate the January 6 attack, when a mob of Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol in an effort to halt the certification of President Joe Biden's election victory. But there have been several indications that the theory has no merit.

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On Thursday, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene appeared to shine light again on a Republican-pushed conspiracy theory that Ray Epps, an Arizona man who was at the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, was an FBI informant who worked to instigate the incident. Above, Greene addresses supporters during a primary election watch party on May 24 in Rome, Georgia. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

In addition to the video shown by Greene in her live stream, the theory also centers on another video shortly before the Capitol violence broke out in which Epps is seen whispering to a man named Ryan Samsel, who moments later escalated the situation by confronting police, according to the Times.

Republican backers of the theory have speculated that Epps urged Samsel to aggravate the law enforcement officers in an effort to instigate the subsequent Capitol riot.

But separate statements made by both Epps and Samsel to federal authorities say otherwise. Days after the riot, Epps called an FBI tip line and informed investigators that he had been trying to calm Samsel when he whispered into his ear rather than encourage him, the Times reported, citing unnamed people familiar with the call.

In an interview with the FBI in January last year, Samsel also said that a man he did not know approached him, encouraged him to relax and told him that the police were just doing their jobs, according to the Times, which obtained a recording of the interview.

The House select committee investigating the riot has also dismissed the theory that Epps was coordinating with the FBI in urging the mob to storm the Capitol.

Greene's live stream was not the first time the Georgia lawmaker, and loyal Trump ally, has spread theories about Epps. On the first anniversary of the Capitol riot, she and Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida spoke to the press about their desire for lawmakers to investigate alleged federal involvement in the attack in a discussion mentioning Epps.

Newsweek reached out to Greene for comment.