Leftist John Earle Sullivan, who was charged for his part in the U.S. Capitol riot, has now been slapped with three additional charges by a grand jury. He was indicted on Monday.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Sullivan, who was initially charged with civil disorder, being in a restricted area, and disorderly conduct, is now being charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and demonstrating in a Capitol building. The obstruction count is a felony and if convicted, Sullivan could get 20 years for it.
Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather in Washington D.C. also ruled Monday that Sullivan will not be detained pending trial because he allegedly does not pose a threat.
“I do not believe that the record shows that [Sullivan] poses such a danger to the community that he needs to be detained pending trial,” Meriweather stated.
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The Department of Justice had previously requested that Sullivan be kept in custody until his trial. They called him a “recurring threat” to the public who “repeatedly flouted” restrictions placed by the court. Sullivan has already been ordered to not use social media and he has had to surrender his passport. He is currently under house arrest.
“The defendant was a brazen, vocal participant in the disruption and disorder surrounding the events on January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Candice Wong stated in a court filing. “Since his release on stringent conditions on January 15, 2021, he has repeatedly flouted court-imposed conditions.”
Prosecutors are alleging that Sullivan violated the social media ban and emailed Insurgence USA members in an attempt to get them to pack a pending virtual court appearance. They also claim that he purchased a smartphone to skirt restrictions on the internet.
The prosecutors alleged that Sullivan violated the terms of his pretrial release just recently on four separate occasions. One of those was an appearance on “Infowars” to promote his company.
“[Sullivan] purportedly requested that Insurgence USA’s website be specifically plugged on the show so that people could ‘follow’ him and the organization. During that Infowars interview, the defendant denied having any regrets about his participation in the January 6 events, stating that ‘I stand by my actions and what I do’ and that ‘I am definitely not responsible for anything that took place that day’,” a federal prosecutor wrote in a memorandum according to 2KUTV.
“I am concerned about the violations … but it seems that all of these alleged violations concern Insurgence USA and internet monitoring … I think he can be counted on to abide by conditions,” Magistrate Meriweather stated.
Sullivan, a self-proclaimed video journalist, originally claimed last month that he entered the Capitol to “document” the events.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 15, 2021
He wore a bulletproof vest and a gas mask as he allegedly entered the Capitol through a broken window. After he got inside, Sullivan pushed past the police according to the complaint filed against him. While inside the Capitol, he supposedly urged rioters to get violent. He yelled, “We got to get this s— burned,” and “it’s our house m————,” an FBI affidavit asserts.
“When someone says something about how people are ‘getting arrested,’ [Sullivan] can be heard saying ‘don’t worry, you’ll be fine, it’s only a little jail time … I do this all the time’,” the prosecutor also wrote in an affidavit.
Sullivan is facing charges in connection with a shooting at a protest in Provo, Utah in 2020 as well.
The left-leaning activist has been seen at numerous protests since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May. Sullivan’s website for Insurgence USA states that the group’s mission is to “reveal the truth about Antifa and BLM’s communist plans to overthrow democracy,” and to “expose the sinister motives of Proud Boys and right-wing militias as they plot to topple the government.”
Black Lives Matter has denounced Sullivan and claims he is not a member of their group.
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