A left-wing “known agitator” from Utah has been charged for his alleged role in the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building last week.
John Earle Sullivan has been charged with entering a restricted building or grounds, “civil disorders,” and violent entry or disorderly conduct, according to a KUTV 2 News report.
The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Chuck Ross said that Sullivan appeared on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” after the breach, where he claimed he witnessed the deadly shooting of protester Ashli Babbitt by a Capitol Police officer.
“Left-wing activist John Sullivan charged in Capitol riots. He was filming as Ashli [Babbitt] was shot in the Capitol. Was interviewed by Chris Hayes and Anderson Cooper,” Ross wrote in a Tweet on Thursday evening.
According to an affidavit of probably cause, Sullivan cheered on the breach and subsequent violence and destruction. KUTV 2 News quoted part of the affidavit as follows:
After the crowd broke through the last barricade, and as SULLIVAN and the others approach the Capitol Building, SULLIVAN can be heard in the video saying at various points: ‘There are so many people. Let’s go. This s— is ours! F— yeah,’ ‘We accomplished this s—. We did this together. F— yeah! We are all a part of this history,’ and ‘Let’s burn this s— down.’”
According to Politifact, Sullivan is the founder of Insurgence USA, “an activist group against police brutality.”
“Sullivan has not been shy about his presence at the Capitol riot,” Politifact said. “He filmed the events as they happened, and he was nearby when Capitol police fatally shot a woman inside the building. He described the shooting during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that night.”
“Sullivan confirmed to PolitiFact that he entered the building with the rioters, and that he is in the photographs shown as part of the Facebook post,” the report added.
KUTV 2 News reporter Heidi Hatch highlighted Sullivan’s left-wing and anti-Trump activism, tweeting “John Sullivan in DC in December- post from Instagram. He’s behind in the Tooele County Jail in Utah. His first court appearance 1/15 Friday,” in reference to an Instagram video Sullivan had posted.
The video is captioned: “We got to rip that MF (motherf***er) out of office,” an apparent reference to Trump. The caption adds the hashtags, “#F***Trump,” “#BLM,” “Antifa,” and “TrumpMeltdown.”
The man in the video says, “We gotta f***ing rip Trump out of that office, right over there. F***ing pull him out that s***. We ain’t about wait ’till the next election. We about to go get that motherf***er.”
“The Department of Justice website shows Sullivan is scheduled to appear in court in Utah on Friday at 4 p.m.,” KUTV 2 News said.