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.”
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.
After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.
Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.
In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”
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