John Earle Sullivan was paid thousands of dollars for his explosive footage of the January 6th Capitol riots by three major media companies, despite evidence of him having participated in a criminal act. Now, we have a blockbuster new report that U.S. authorities are seizing the $90,000 he made from his footage of the shooting death of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt.
“U.S. authorities have confiscated roughly $90,000 from a Utah man who sold footage of a woman being fatally shot during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump,” Reuters reported.
“Prosecutors also have filed additional criminal charges against the man, John Earle Sullivan, a self-described political activist who is accused of entering the Capitol building and participating in the riot, ” the report added, citing unsealed court filings.
“Sullivan now faces a total of eight criminal counts, including weapons charges, related to the riot, the report added. “Sullivan’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”
Sullivan, a self-style ‘revolutionary’ who had taken public positions supporting Antifa and Black Lives Matter, had captured footage of the Capitol riots deadly shooting of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt. The unique footage was criminal evidence of public importance and a trove of it was made publicly available by John Earle Sullivan himself.
The defendant, John Sullivan of Utah, has maintained that he attends raucous demonstrations as a journalist, sharing videos through his Insurgence USA website and social media platforms. Sullivan’s defense attorney even filed invoices with the court showing that CNN and NBC each paid Sullivan’s firm $35,000 last month for rights to video he filmed of chaotic scenes outside and inside the Capitol, including the deadly shooting of protester Ashli Babbitt by a U.S. Capitol Police officer.
Another invoice that was submitted by the defense attorney was one for ABC: Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The February 12, 2021 invoice submitted shows the amount: $2,500.
Nonetheless, CNN had both Sullivan and a freelance documentary photojournalist who was with him named Jade Sacker on the network during the heat of the capitol riots fallout and gave an uncritical interview.
The CNN transcript from January 6th, the day of the Capitol riot, shows no serious questioning of Sullivan by Anderson Cooper about his participation in the riots, despite his footage saying he had a “knife” and that had a number of times shouted phrases inciting the riot like “burn it down.”
Sullivan would be arrested on federal charges on January 14th, as reported by KSL TV, and “booked into the Tooele County Jail Wednesday afternoon.” The charges included “violent entry in a restricted building and disorderly conduct.”
A Politico report highlighted the role that Sullivan played in agitating the Capitol mob:
However, prosecutors contend that Sullivan is not a mere bystander or chronicler of protests. Instead, they say, he actively encourages violence, telling viewers how to make Molotov cocktails and evade identification by police. He was arrested last month on charges stemming from the Jan. 6 riot, including interfering with police during a civil disorder. Sullivan was later hit with an additional charge: obstruction of Congress.
John Earle Sullivan had shouted numerous incendiary statements during the storming of the Capitol building, including “we about to burn this shit down.” Sullivan also posed at one point as a Trump supporter to infiltrate the crowd.
— Jess (@jessiprincey) January 13, 2021
Sullivan’s footage was one of the most tragic and compelling pieces of video captured during the entire January 6th Capitol riot: The shooting death of Ashli Babbitt.
Despite the extraordinary video, conveniently captured by an Antifa-supporting activist named John Sullivan, there have been very few attempts by major media outlets to dissect what really happened with the shooting of the Trump supporter.
In April, the lawyer for Ashli Babbitt announced that he is filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Capitol Police. In due time, it is hoped by many that the truth will come out about her mysterious death.
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