A left-wing activist who openly documented and discussed his involvement in the pro-Donald Trump rally which turned into an insurrection at the Capitol is now facing criminal charges according to a report in Newsweek.
John Sullivan, 26, founder of protest group Insurgence USA, recorded himself entering through a Capitol window that had been broken out by the rioters before roaming the halls of Congress during the January 6 attack.
Sullivan, of Utah, told authorities that he was in Washington D.C. that day as an activist and journalist who was recording the events, but admitted he did not have any press credentials.
Prior to entering the Capitol building, Sullivan can be seen using a microphone to address the crowd outside and yelling “we about to burn this s**t down” before leading the crowd in a chant of “it’s time for a revolution,” FBI Special Agent Matthew Foulger said in an affidavit.
Sullivan also filmed himself assisting those who were climbing up walls to get to the plaza just outside the Capitol Building entrance, telling them “You guys are f*****g savage. Let’s go!”
Once inside, Sullivan recorded the moment that 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed by police during the attempt to overthrow the government.
Sullivan also films himself speaking to law enforcement officers inside the Capitol, telling one: “the people have spoken,” and “there are too many people, you gotta stand down, the people out there that tried to do that shit, they got hurt.”
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Sullivan voluntarily provided the FBI with copies of the video footage he shot that day.
Following the attack, Sullivan gave a number of media interviews including to CNN and ABC’s Good Morning America where he discussed being inside the Capitol during the attempted siege.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Sullivan said: “I was worried about people recognizing me and thinking that I was Antifa or, like, BLM or whatever.
“The entire time they’re yelling, ‘F**k Antifa! F**k, BLM.’ I’m not saying I’m Antifa, by any means. But I definitely believe Black Lives Matter.”
Speaking to Desert News, Sullivan again claimed that he chanted and appeared to join in with the violence at the Capitol because “when you’re in a massive crowd like that, you have to blend in.