John Earle Sullivan, 26, has been arrested over his alleged role in the siege of the Capitol last Wednesday
A left-wing activist who told
According to the Department of Justice, John Earle Sullivan, 26, was not simply a passive observer inside the Capitol, after video emerged purportedly showing him encouraging the rioters.
Sullivan, who is based in
According to a release by the DOJ, Sullivan, ‘wearing a ballistics vest and gas mask, entered the U.S. Capitol through a window that had been broken out, pushing past U.S. Capitol Police once inside’.
He filmed multiple videos of the event, before posting them to YouTube under his username ‘Jayden X’.
In one of the clips, he is seemingly heard encouraging other rioters as they enter the building.
Sullivan filmed multiple videos of the event, before posting them to YouTube under his username ‘Jayden X’
In one of the clips, he is seemingly heard encouraging other rioters as they enter the building
‘We got to get this s**t burned’, he purportedly states, before adding: ‘It’s our house motherf*****.’
Elsewhere in his recorded clips he says to rioters: ‘You guys are f**king savage. Let’s go!’
‘This s**t is ours! F**k yeah. I can’t believe this is reality.’
The DOJ further alleges he told rioters: ‘We accomplished this s**t… We are all a part of this history.’
However, Sullivan painted a far different picture of his time inside the Capitol when he spoke with Anderson Cooper on CNN last week.
He appeared on the cable network alongside a documentary filmmaker, with the pair portrayed as passively watching the chaos unfold.
Sullivan painted a far different picture of his time inside the Capitol when he spoke with Anderson Cooper on CNN last week
Sullivan spoke with
‘I had to relate to these people, and build trust in the short amount of time,’ he stated.
According to the publication, Sullivan is already facing rioting and criminal mischief charges ‘stemming from a Black Lives Matter protest in Utah last year’.
Sullivan is one of more than 170 people who have now been charged in relation to the siege.
Some pundits have been left dismayed by the seemingly soft charges that have been leveled at some of the alleged rioters. Many have thus far been charged with misdemeanor offenses.
However, acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin said his office will increase charges after more evidence is gathered.
‘This is only the beginning,’ he told reporters on Tuesday.
‘The gamut of conduct is mind-blowing. The FBI is working with the US attorney’s office. We’re looking at significant felony cases tied to sedition and conspiracy. Their marching orders are to build seditious and conspiracy cases. Those have prison terms of up to 20 years,’ Sherwin stated.
Dozens of rioters stormed the Capitol last week (pictured), following a MAGA rally held by Donald Trump