Accused Capitol rioter John Sullivan sold footage for $35K to NBC, CNN



Accused Capitol rioter John Sullivan sold video footage he recorded at the Jan. 6 siege to NBC and CNN for $35,000 each, according to new court papers.

The news came as prosecutors on Tuesday tried to ban the Utah provocateur — a self-styled anti-Trump activist who they allege infiltrates protests to cause chaos and record video footage — from accessing social media, according to Politico.

Sullivan maintains that he is a journalist for his website Insurgence USA — and his defense attorney filed invoices for the $35,000 NBC News and CNN each apparently paid each for rights to use the videos.

But the feds allege in a criminal complaint that Sullivan was actively participating in and encouraging the siege.

As throngs of President Donald Trump supporters stormed the building, Sullivan helped one of the rioters scale a wall leading up to an entrance of the Capitol, an affidavit alleges.

John Sullivan Toolel County Sheriff's Office
John Sullivan maintains that he is a journalist for his website Insurgence USA.

He then entered the Capitol dome through a window that had been smashed by a rioter.

As he recorded footage inside the building, Sullivan allegedly said, “we gotta get this s—t burned.”

“It’s our house motherf—kers. We are getting this shit,” he added.

Still recording, Sullivan moved with the crowd to outside the Speaker’s lobby, where rioters faced off with police officers who were securing a doorway.

Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest outside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Supporters of Donald Trump protest outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021
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He then captured an officer fatally blast rioter Ashli Babbitt as she attempted to climb through a broken window that was being guarded by the officers — footage he sold to several news networks.

Sullivan was arrested soon after the riot and indicted by a grand jury last week on six charges, including obstruction of an official proceeding, civil disorder and disorderly conduct.

In a court hearing Tuesday, a magistrate judge in Washington blocked prosecutors’ request that Sullivan be barred from his social media accounts while he awaits trial for the riot, according to Politico.

The judge, however, did order Sullivan to cease work for Insurgence USA, and said he could not use social media to incite riots or violence.

Representatives for CNN and NBC did not immediately respond to request for comment.


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