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Senator Ted Cruz pressed the FBI on the involvement of agents in the events of the Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol earlier this year at a hearing. He had this exchange with Jill Sanborn, FBI Executive Assistant Director of the National Security Branch.

“How many FBI agents or confidential informants actively participated in the events of January 6,” Cruz asked.


The FBI representative said she couldn’t get into the specifics of sources and methods of the FBI.

“Did any FBI Agents or confidential informants actively participate in the events of January 6? Yes or no,” Cruz asked.

The FBI person said she couldn’t answer that.

“Did any FBI agents or confidential informants commit crimes of violence on January 6,” Cruz asked.

“I can’t answer that sir,” the FBI representative said.

“Did any FBI agents or FBI informants actively encourage and incite crimes of violence on January 6,” Cruz asked.

“Sir I can’t answer that,” the FBI spokesperson said.

Cruz then asked who Ray Epps is.

“I’m aware of the individual sir, uh, I don’t have the specific background of him,” she said.

Cruz said a lot of people are “understandably concerned” about Epps. Cruz asked if Epps was a fed.

“Sir I cannot answer that question,” the FBI spokesperson said.

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