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Video of the incursion into the U.S. Capitol Building during a riot earlier this month appears to show a journalist affiliated with NBC and NPR with another man who’s been charged in the incident.
“I’ll give you your hug now. You were right. We did it! You were right, we did it!” says a woman identified as photojournalist Jade Sacker to a man who is taking video of the incursion.
“Dude, I was trying to tell you. I couldn’t say much,” the man — believed by some to be left-wing agitator John Sullivan — says in response.
“You were right!” Sacker replies, laughing.
Co-host of Moderate Rebels Max Blumenthal reminded that CNN featured Sullivan on their network as an ‘activist’ documenting the Capitol scene. He also joins the growing chorus claiming that the woman with him during the CNN segment, Jade Sacker, was also with him in the video taken inside the capitol.
The night of the Capitol riot, Sullivan was welcomed on @andersoncooper to present himself as the heroic journalist who recorded Babbit’s shooting. Cooper falsely called him a “left-wing activist” and didn’t ask why he was actually in the Capitol. This was fodder for the Right. pic.twitter.com/LPezi5Hv09
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) January 14, 2021
“Seated w/Sullivan on CNN is Jade Sacker, a photojournalist who followed him into the Capitol to film his exploits as part of a documentary project. Here she’s heard congratulating him – “We did it!” – and he says, “Is this not gonna be the best film you’ve ever made in yr life?” Blumenthal tweeted along with video that can seen below:
The Justice Department said Thursday Sullivan has been charged with “one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and one count of interfering with law enforcement engaged in the lawful performance of their official duties incident to and during the commission of civil disorder.”
“You just have to watch my channel,” the man with the woman believed to be Sacker says.
“Oh, my God!” she exclaims in response.
“Is this not going to be the best film you ever made in your life?” asks the man.
“Hell yeah!” she says.
“Hell yeah!” the man repeats.
“With your recording, right?” she responds.
“I’ll delete that s**t. But I didn’t record you. It’s just voices,” he says.
A separate clip taken from inside the Capitol Building during the incursion appears to show Sullivan walking ahead of Sacker, who was filming the breach.
@cnn Jade Sacker captured on CSPAN camera following and recording John Sullivan minutes before Ashli Babbit is shot. pic.twitter.com/Agx60qH0ja
— Greg McAlister (@gregmctv) January 15, 2021
Sacker’s website lists her clients including NBC, NPR, Foreign Policy, Buzzfeed News, Huffington Post, and Marriott International, the latter of which just announced it would no longer donate to Republicans who opposed certification of the Electoral College results for President-elect Joe Biden.
It’s not clear why Sacker has not been charged.
Sullivan later posted what appears to be incriminating video evidence to social media following the riot.
Sullivan’s arrest affidavit suggests he may have actually played a role in fomenting the assault or, at least, perpetuating it. It cites a video posted on YouTube featuring Sullivan at the Capitol “telling a crowd, over a microphone, ‘we about to burn this shit down,’ ‘we got to rip Trump out of office … f–king pull him out of that shit … we ain’t waiting until the next election . . . we about to go get that motherf–ker,’” and then “leading the crowd in a chant of, ‘it’s time for a revolution.’”
Sullivan “can be heard in the video saying at various points: ‘There are so many people. Let’s go. This shit is ours! F–k yeah,’ ‘We accomplished this shit. We did this together. F–k yeah! We are all a part of this history,’ and ‘Let’s burn this sh*t down,’” the affidavit continued.
“Later, Sullivan’s video includes footage of individuals climbing a wall to reach the plaza just outside the Capitol Building entrance. … As individuals are climbing the wall, Sullivan can be heard saying, ‘You guys are f–king savage. Let’s go!’” It adds.
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