Newly emerged footage from Jan 6 has provided fresh evidence that suspected instigator Ray Epps was planted in the crowd as an agitator.
A new report provides an eyewitness statement and video evidence that suggest Epps may have been an FBI plant.
The new evidence was revealed in the first of a two-part series from “Truth in Media” host Lara Logan.
Logan spoke with Anthime Gionet, also known as “Baked Alaska,” a right-wing influencer who was jailed for two months over the events on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021.
Videos from Jan 5, 2021, and earlier indicate that Epps appeared to be particularly interested in Gionet.
Gionet was one of several people who filmed Epps on the evening of January 5, 2021, as protesters started gathering in Washington D.C.
Video footage shows that Epps told Trump supporters “We need to go into the Capitol!”
Gionet said he was initially amused by Epps’s exhortation to breach the Capitol.
In response, he yelled, “let’s go!”
However, Gionet said that he saw Epps repeat the line several times to different groups that night.
He said he became convinced that Epps was an FBI plant who sought to cause trouble.
Gionet tried to warn the crowd about Epps and is the one who started the “Fed! Fed! Fed!” chant that went viral on social media.
“I’m someone who creates funny content so I just like to agree with everyone and if someone’s saying something crazy, a lot of times, I’ll just agree—say yeah, yeah,” Gionet said.
He explains that he uses this tactic to encourage a subject to keep talking.
However, Gionet said he felt “weirded out” by Epps and quickly moved on to another group.
“I’m like, I’m getting away from this creep, he’s weirding me out,” Gionet said.
“I’m getting weird vibes—something’s off.”
Gionet told Logan that everyone else who heard Epps talking about going into the Capitol was also taken aback.
“I go to another group way far away from him, he follows me, and that’s when he begins instructing the crowd,” Gionet said.
It was at this point when Epps was caught on tape again saying “We need to go into the Capitol.”
“Right when he said that, something clicked in my head,” Gionet said.
“It was like, whoa!
“This is scripted because he said the same exact line word for word three times and that’s not natural.”
Gionet said that seeing Epps instructing several different little groups to enter the Capitol raised major red flags.
“Maybe the first time, he’s being silly or saying something crazy, but when he said it the third time word for word, I knew there’s a strong possibility this guy’s a fed,” he explained.
“I started that chant, and guess what?
“The whole crowd joined in with me—within seconds!”
Gionet told Logan that, at the time, that viral moment felt spiritual to him.
“That was the spirit moving,” he recalled.
“That was God saying ‘somethings up here. Watch out, there’s something going on.’
“And that’s what I felt in my heart as a believer, truly,” he said.
Shortly before midnight, Epps took a conciliatory tone with Gionet.
Epps told Gionet that he despises Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
“I stood ’em down myself with three Army vets in Queen Creek, Arizona,” Epps said.
“That’s where I live!” Gionet exclaimed.
“Are you my neighbor?!”
After more friendly banter, Epps said “We’re not here to fight man.”
Epps then leaned in and whispered “We’re here to storm the Capitol.”
“I’m not kidding,” he reportedly added.
Logan noted that Epps’s words echoed the official narrative the next day.
The instructions from Epps align with the story from the Democrats and their corporate media allies that Trump supporters “stormed the Capitol” before “it was broadcast across the nation.”
Gionet said that because he had been banned from every social media platform, it became impossible for him to tell his story.
For the first year after Jan 6, nobody heard a word about Epps due to online censorship.
“I thought it was a big story but I was banned off Twitter, I was banned off YouTube, I was banned off all social media so I couldn’t get the story out,” he explained.
He acknowledges that he has no proof that Epps was a “fed.”
However, he remains convinced that he was.
Nevertheless, former Washington D.C. FBI Field Office chief Steven D’Antuono has acknowledged in sworn testimony that the agency had plants on the ground during Jan 6.
D’Antuono revealed that the Bureau had so many informants on the ground on January 6 that they lost track and had to order an audit to account for all of them.
Federal prosecutors finally filed a criminal charge against Epps in September.
The former Marine and Oath Keepers member was charged with a single misdemeanor count of disruptive or disorderly conduct in a restricted area in U.S. District Court in Washington in September, despite his lead role in orchestrating chaos on that day.
The charge carries a maximum punishment of a year in prison.
In part two of Truth in Media’s report on Epps, Logan interviewed a friend of the suspected provocateur.
The woman said that “something happened after he left the Oath Keepers until January 6.
“What, I don’t know but those are two different people.”
Part two, which will air next week, also features a video clip of Epps secretly photographing Gionet, without his knowledge, during a Trump rally in Phoenix.