Who is John Sullivan? Left-wing Activist Charged in Capitol Riot

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.

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.

As the mob pushed through barricades towards the Capitol, Sullivan was heard shouting: "We accomplished this s**t. We did this together. F**k yeah! We are all a part of this history," and "Let's burn this s**t down."

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."

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."

While a number of criminal charges have been brought forward against Trump supporters and far-right extremists, Sullivan is believed to be the first Capitol suspect to hold liberal views.

There have been a number of claims that the insurrection on January 6 was actually committed by Antifa despite overwhelming evidence it was carried out by Trump supporters backing his unsubstantiated cries of election fraud.

Trump has been impeached for a second time after being accused of inciting his followers to carry out the insurrection at the Capitol.

Sullivan has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, interfering with law enforcement engaged in the lawful performance of their official duties incident to and during the commission of civil disorder.

He is set to appear in federal court on Friday to face the charges.

Insurgence USA is a social justice group that protests police brutality. It was formed by Sullivan in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

In July, Sullivan was charged with rioting and criminal mischief by the local law enforcement authorities in Provo, Utah, after organizing a June 30 protest in which one man was shot and injured. The case is still pending.

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John Sullivan is charged for knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and interfering with law enforcement engaged in the lawful performance of their official duties. Tooele County Jail