Republicans claimed Ray Epps was a federal agent, but the Justice Department wants to throw him in prison.
Far-right Republicans say the Justice Department is just covering its tracks in prosecuting Epps, a Capitol rioter who they claim is a federal agent.
Epps has been a major subject of conspiracy theories about the federal government using undercover agents to orchestrate the riot.
Right-wing conspiracy theorists believe Epps to be an undercover federal agent who urged a pro-Trump mob to provoke violence on Jan. 6, 2021.
"He's obsessed with me," said Ray Epps, the Jan. 6 participant scapegoated by a right-wing conspiracy theory.
A lawyer for Ray Epps said Fox News and Carlson must apologize on the air for spreading the lie that Epps was a federal agent.