Utah Resident John Sullivan Charged in Federal Court Following Civil Disorder at the United States Capitol, Examination of YouTube Channel JaydenX

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John Sullivan, suspect violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds
John Sullivan, suspect violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Utah male resident was charged today, Thursday, January 14, 2021 in federal court in the District of Columbia in connection with the rioting at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. From comments heard on video images he captured and other video obtained by the United States government, and the suspect’s past history, it is apparent Sullivan was not a Trump supporter. In video Sullivan captured, he is heard encouraging the rioters. According to the FBI, in an obtained video posted on YouTube, Sullivan is recognized telling a crowed over a microphone at a protest in Washington D.C., “we about to burn this sh@t down,” “we got to rip Trump out of office . . . f@%#ing pull him out of that shit . . . we ain’t waiting until the next election . . . we about to go get that motherf@%#er.”

John Earle Sullivan was charged by complaint 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. The defendant was arrested today in Utah.

The Complaint alleges that during the events at the U.S. Capitol, 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. The Complaint also alleges that Sullivan admits to filming and being depicted in video footage that shows him present, outside of the Speaker’s Lobby within the U.S. Capitol, and at the scene of a shooting of a woman by a U.S. Capitol Police officer.

According to an affidavit, Sullivan voluntarily provided two phone numbers and multiple social media accounts and identifiers to special agents, including a YouTube account username, JaydenX.

During the interview, Sullivan showed the interviewing FBI agent the video he had taken which showed the shooting of Ashli Babbitt, and which Sullivan stated he had uploaded to the Internet. The interviewing FBI agent identified that the video showed the area immediately outside of the Speaker’s Lobby within the U.S. Capitol. The Speaker’s Lobby is the hallway from which one can enter directly into the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Speaker’s Lobby is set off from the rest of the Capitol Building by doors with glass windows. The video that Sullivan showed the interviewing agent included footage of individuals breaking out the glass from the windows in the doors leading into the Speaker’s Lobby, then a gun being discharged by a U.S. Capitol Police officer within the Speaker’s Lobby, and a woman wearing a backpack falling back into the crowd from a position of climbing through the opening in one of the broken windows. She was later reported killed by the gunshot. This woman was later identified as Ashli Babbitt.

Other videos from John Sullivan showed him accompanying rioters breaking through a police barrier, and showed more interior images inside the U.S. Capitol.

During the siege of the U.S. Capitol, proceedings were occurring in the House and the Senate, with Vice President Mike Pence present and presiding over the Senate.

John Earle Sullivan is the leader of an organization called Insurgence USA through which he organizes protests. On July 13, 2020, Sullivan was charged with Rioting and Criminal Mischief by the local law enforcement authorities in Provo, Utah, based on his activities around a June 30, 2020, protest in which a civilian was shot and injured. The case is still pending, according to the United States Department of Justice.

Sullivan claimed to be a journalist. He has admitted, according to the FBI, that he has no press credentials. The FBI investigation has not revealed any connection between Sullivan and any journalistic organizations.

Sample Jayden X Videos

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All uploaded videos

Video in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, through corridors to the shooting of Ashli Babbitt.
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US Capitol Shooting Of Ashli Babbitt in Washington DC (View Discretion Is Advised)

Footage After The Shooting Of Ashli Babbitt

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Salt Lake City and Washington Field Offices, the U.S. Capitol Police Department, and the Metropolitan Police Department. Valuable assistance was provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah.

The ATF and FBI continue to urge the public to report suspected use of explosive devices, or violent, destructive acts associated with the recent unrest. Anyone with information can call 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), email [email protected] or submit information anonymously via ReportIt.com.

The FBI is looking for individuals who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind. Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos at fbi.gov/USCapitol.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Politifact’s Bill McCarthy wrote, “There’s no evidence that Sullivan ‘incited (the)insurgence’ alone amid a crowd of thousands. Video he uploaded online shows his perspective as he filmed.” McCarthy also wrote, “There remains no legitimate evidence that the mob at the Capitol was infiltrated or led by ANTIFA activists in disguise.”

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John Sullivan, suspect violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds
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