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Left-Wing activist charged in Capitol riots, video captures him saying ‘…it’s time for a revolution’

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Left-wing activist John Sullivan who participated in the deadly Capitol Hill riots is now the subject of a criminal complaint for his participation in the events and has been arrested, the Justice Department stated. Sullivan had told numerous news outlets after the riots that his participation was merely as a journalist and observer. His own video shows otherwise.

The FBI’s complaint reveals that Sullivan was an agitator in the riots that took the lives of five people, including a Capitol Hill Police officer who was beaten and a retired Air Force Veteran who was shot. This isn’t the first time for Sullivan. According to the affidavit on July 13, 2020, Sullivan “was charged with Rioting and Criminal Mischief by the local law enforcement authorities in Provo, Utah, based on his activities around a June 30, 2020, protest in which a civilian was shot and injured. The case is still pending.”

Sullivan had followed a pro-Trump mob into the Capitol and told Fox News during an interview that he was there to “document” the siege.

Sullivan – who was been arrested by the FBI – was heard riling up protesters in video he provided to the FBI, according to a federal criminal complaint. The FBI first saw the video Sullivan shared on his YouTube and Twitter accounts under the pseudonym Jayden X.

According to Fox News he remains in custody in Toeele County, in his home state of Utah, on a U.S. Marshals Service hold request.

In the complaint “on or about January 6, 2021, Sullivan knowingly and willfully joined a crowd of individuals who forcibly entered the U.S. Capitol and impeded, disrupted, and disturbed the orderly conduct of business by the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.” The affidavit was signed by FBI Special Agent Matthew Foulger, who noted that Sullivan had entered the Capitol, a restricted building, under violent entry or disorderly conduct.

It also noted that the “United States obtained a video of Sullivan, posted on YouTube, in which, while attending a protest in Washington, D.C., Sullivan can be seen telling a crowd, over a microphone, ‘we about to burn this shit down,’ ‘we got to rip Trump out of office . . . fucking pull him out of that shit . . . we ain’t waiting until the next election . . . we about to go get that motherfucker.’ Sullivan then can be seen leading the crowd in a chant of, “it’s time for a revolution.”

According to the complaint Sullivan was interviewed by the FBI on Jan. 7, a day after the riots.

The complaint noted that Sullivan, “participated in a voluntary interview with a Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Washington, D.C. Sullivan identified himself to the agent and provided identifying information, including his date of birth, address, social media identifiers, and phone numbers. In the interview, Sullivan stated that he was in Washington, D.C. to attend and film the “Stop the Steal” March on January 6, 2021. Sullivan claimed to be an activist and journalist that filmed protests and riots, but admitted that he did not have any press credentials.”

During the interview with the FBI Sullivan “admitted that he did not have any press credentials.” He was also “wearing a ballistic vest and gas mask while there. He showed the interviewing agent the ballistic vest. He further stated that he entered the U.S. Capitol with others through a window that had been broken out. Sullivan stated he followed the crowd as the crowd pushed past U.S. Capitol Police and followed the crowd into the U.S. Capitol.”

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC

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NY Lawmakers want to tax tech giants to get $500M to fund unemployment benefits for illegal migrants

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New York lawmakers are debating over a proposed Democratic initiative that would pave the way for a multibillion-dollar fund designed to provide unemployment benefits for illegal immigrants. Spearheaded by state Senator Jessica Ramos, a Queens Democrat, the proposal has ignited passionate discussions within the Senate Finance Committee, where it currently awaits further deliberation.

The Center Square reports the proposal would utilize a $500 million trust fund earmarked specifically to offer jobless benefits for individuals who find themselves ineligible for traditional unemployment payments and other public assistance programs. To finance this ambitious endeavor, proponents of the plan are advocating for the imposition of a novel tax targeting tech behemoths like Google and Amazon. This tax, aimed at digital advertising revenue, is projected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars to sustain the fund.

Ramos has alluded to her belief that migrants are a fundamental contribution to the state’s economy. Despite their authorization to work, payment of taxes, and active involvement in the labor force, undocumented immigrants face a glaring disparity—they are excluded from accessing vital safety nets like unemployment benefits if they lose their jobs.

In a social media post, Ramos cited the expiration of federal unemployment insurance for freelancers and the depletion of the Excluded Workers Fund. She argues vehemently for a safety net aligned with the evolving dynamics of the labor market, one that extends support to all workers, regardless of their immigration status.

The proposed fund, aptly named the Unemployment Bridge Program, outlines comprehensive eligibility criteria encompassing a spectrum of marginalized workers—from undocumented migrants to freelancers and individuals recently released from incarceration or immigrant detention. By establishing clear guidelines and procedures, the program endeavors to streamline the application process, ensuring equitable access to unemployment benefits for those in need.

The initiative comes in the wake of prolonged deliberations regarding jobless benefits for undocumented immigrants and nontraditional workers in New York. Amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state previously allocated $2.1 billion to the Excluded Workers Fund, offering a lifeline to those excluded from conventional unemployment benefits.

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2025 underscores a commitment to supporting asylum seekers, with significant allocations directed towards housing and legal assistance. The proposal has met with opposition from Republicans, who argue for prioritizing legal residents and taxpayers in the allocation of state resources. Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt contends that limited resources should be reserved exclusively for those who have contributed to the state’s tax base.

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