Ray Epps, a person of interest in the January 6, 2021 investigation, is now targeting Fox News host Tucker Carlson after airing more footage of the events that day, according to a report from Townhall.
Epps’ lawyer, Michael Teter, has sent a letter to Fox News demanding a retraction and a public apology from Carlson over what he claims are “false and defamatory statements” about Epps.
The letter also asks Fox News to preserve all communications concerning the network’s arrangement with Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, who gave Carlson access to the previously unseen footage.
Teter’s letter states that Carlson must respond in writing by March 31, confirming that they will comply with Epps’ demands.
During Carlson’s show, he aired footage that appeared to contradict Epps’ testimony to the House Committee investigating the events surrounding Jan 6, Townhall notes.
The footage shows Epps among the first to breach the outside perimeter of the Capitol building, contradicting his testimony that he left the grounds earlier than he actually did.
In addition, Carlson previously suggested that Epps was an undercover provocateur for the federal government, intentionally inciting the crowd to storm the Capitol building.
However, Teter claims that these allegations are baseless and have been proven false.
“The fanciful notions that Mr. Carlson advances on his show regarding Mr. Epps’s involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection are demonstrably (and already proven to be) false,” Teter wrote in his letter. “And yet Mr. Carlson persists with his assault on the truth.”
Teter also criticized Carlson’s characterization of the protestors as “peaceful tourists,” asking if Carlson was accusing Epps of inciting peaceful protests.
Epps was caught on camera telling people to go to the Capitol building on both January 5 and 6, and his actions on the day of the unrest have raised questions about his involvement.