In a rare tweet, former Fox New host Tucker Carlson appeared to confirm a new report that he had prepared a monologue on the controversial January 6 figure Ray Epps before he was abruptly fired by the network. Epps was captured on video encouraging protesters to enter the Capitol on January 6, 2021, but he has not been arrested or charged with a crime in relation to the events that day.
Chadwick Moore, the author of a new biography about Carlson, posted a video on Twitter revealing Carlson’s planned monologue.
“I have spent the last year researching and writing this book and during that time, I’ve gotten to know Tucker, his family, his friends and his staff very well. In fact, I’ve gotten to know Tucker the person, not the caricature that his enemies try to portray. I was working closely with Tucker when he was taken off the air by Fox,” Moore said.
“I’ve also seen the monologue that Tucker planned to deliver on Monday, April 24, before his show was abruptly taken off the air. That monologue dealt with, among other things, investigations around January 6, and particularly Ray Epps: the only person captured on video inciting people to violence at the Capitol that day and allegedly an FBI informant who still has not been arrested or charged,” he continued.
Moore added that the monologue also ironically touched on the people trying to silence Carlson, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and “others in government.”
Video of Ray Epps was widely circulated in the wake of the Capitol storming on January 6, 2021. Because he has not been arrested or charged with a crime, many people – including lawmakers like Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) – have questioned Epps’ role during the incident.
Epps addressed the videos in a recent appearance on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” saying, “I said some stupid things. My thought process, we surround the Capitol, we get all the people there. I mean, I had I had problems with the election. It was my duty as an American to peacefully protest, along with anybody else that wanted to.”
Host Bill Whitaker also asked Epps if “anyone from the federal government” or the FBI directed him on Jan. 6, 2021.
“No,” Epps responded.