Alleged ANTIFA Activist Who Posed As Trump Supporter Arrested
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An alleged Antifa ‘Leader’ and Black Lives Matter activist who posed as a Trump supporter at the Capitol Protest has been arrested, according to authorities.
John Sullivan, 26, a self-described journalist and liberal activist, released footage to the FBI that showed him entering the Capitol on Jan. 6 and roaming the building, according to arrest documents. He was charged with civil disorder, violent entry or disorderly conduct and entering a restricted building or grounds.
According to authorities Sullivan said he was at the Capitol to document what was happening, however in the video he provided to the FBI, Sullivan can allegedly be heard bragging about dressing up in Trump gear, breaking a window and egging on the violence.
According to an 18 page complaint signed by FBI Special Agent Matthew Foulger, Sullivan told rioters that “we got to get this [expletive] burned,” and “it’s our house mother—–“Sullivan is being held in his home state of Utah, on a U.S. Marshals service hold request.
Sullivan faces federal charges of civil disorder, entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct, and one count of interfering with law enforcement engaged in the lawful performance of their official duties
As protesters climbed over the wall Sullivan allegedly said “you guys are f—— savage. let’s go!”
As they made their way inside the capitol Sullivan allegedly says
“we accomplished this [Expletiv]” “we did this together. F— yeah! we are all a part of this history.”
Sullivan’s footage also included video of when Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, of San Diego, was shot by Capitol Police outside the Speaker’s Lobby, according to court documents.
In one video, Sullivan can be heard cheering on the crowd as they broke through the final barricade before the Capitol and saying “We did this together… We are all a part of history.”
Sullivan was also charged with rioting and criminal mischief on July 13 following a June protest in Provo that resulted in an SUV driver being shot while driving through the two opposing groups. The case is still pending.
Sullivan did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday afternoon, and it is unclear if he has an attorney.
His initial court appearance is scheduled in the District of Utah on Jan. 15.