To quote Hank Kunneman: “something is about to bust!”
And the bust may have just ensnared CNN and NBC.
No, this is not just internet rumor or speculation.
This is a direct report from Politico.
From Politico’s political reporter Kyle Cheney, take a look:
NEW: John Sullivan, charged for his participation in the Jan. 6 riots, was paid $35,000 apiece from CNN and NBC for his footage inside the Capitol. More on his detention hearing from @joshgerstein https://t.co/m46NgKVzKA
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 17, 2021
Antifa/BLM agitator, John Sullivan, charged for his participation in the January 6 riot, was paid $35,000 a piece from CNN and NBC for his footage from inside the Capitol. @CNNPolitics @CNN @NBCPolitics @nbcwashington @newsmax pic.twitter.com/6fW2IUxg2O
— Claudia Hines, Esq. (@ClaudiaHines7) February 17, 2021
That report is based on Court filings.
These are the invoices filed with the court today. pic.twitter.com/JdOZ9pXaIa
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 17, 2021
NEW: Insurgence USA's John Sullivan says he was paid $35000 by CNN, $35000 by NBC, $5000 by the LLC of Showtime’s The Circus, & $2375 by Australian Broadcasting Corp for video of Capitol siege. Sullivan encouraged the mob & filmed Ashli Babbitt get shot.https://t.co/XFufw00S1f
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) February 17, 2021
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) February 17, 2021
A federal magistrate judge has turned down prosecutors’ effort to block a man accused of participating in the Capitol riot from using Twitter and Facebook, but ordered him to end his involvement with a business he founded that the Justice Department says promotes and glorifies violent protests.
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.
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.
At a hearing on Tuesday afternoon on Sullivan’s release conditions, Washington-based Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather split the difference between prosecutors seeking to eliminate Sullivan’s presence on the United States’ most popular social media platforms and a defense lawyer who decried what he said was an assault on his client’s constitutional rights.
“I am rejecting the broader prohibition on Twitter and Facebook and encrypted social media platforms,” Meriweather said, also ordering that Sullivan be taken off of 24-hour location monitoring via GPS.
However, the judge said Sullivan “is to no longer work for Insurgence USA,” will have his internet use monitored by probation officials, and will be banned from using any social media platforms to incite riots, violent protests, armed conflict or violence. He’s also under home detention.
Sullivan has become one of the more prominent individuals charged in the Capitol riot because of interviews he did with news outlets like CNN and a vigorous debate about whether he’s an Antifa provocateur. Figures such as former President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer Rudy Giuliani have pointed to Sullivan as evidence that leftists were part of the mob that stormed the Capitol. Liberal activists have denounced those claims as disinformation.
Sullivan’s politics remain murky. He has described himself as an opponent of Trump and a backer of Black Lives Matter. However, BLM activists in Utah have disowned him, saying he seemed intent on provoking violence at protests. They’ve also noted that Sullivan often seems to work in tandem with his brother, James, who spoke at a right-wing, Proud Boys event.
Defense attorney Steven Kiersh denounced the prosecution’s initial proposal as wildly excessive and insensitive to the role that Facebook and Twitter play in the lives of many young people.
“The social media limits are incredibly oppressive, incredibly overbroad and serve no purpose other than to basically oppress Mr. Sullivan,” Kiersh said. “Mr. Sullivan is very involved in exchanging of ideas amongst his peers, and this is how he does it.”
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Candice Wong also skewered Kiersh’s suggestion that John Sullivan is using Twitter and Facebook the way others his age do. “The defendant’s social media presence … does not read like a typical 20-something’s social media presence,” she said. “It’s not about the weather. It’s not about communicating with friends.”
Kiersh insisted that there was “no connection” between Insurgence USA and the crimes Sullivan is accused of, notwithstanding the sales of the video footage of the Capitol riot to major news outlets.
The big dispute seems to be about whether this John Sullivan character is “ANTIFA”.
You may recall the famous pictures of him all dressed up in Trump gear (see below).
However, many observant Americans have noticed and suggested that may simply have been an act….a rouse….to setup the Trump frame job.
Because mountains of evidence exists that he’s a prominent leader in ANTIFA or BLM or other far-left groups, as shown below.
Is this the same guy?
That looks like a BLM fist on his shirt:
Luckily, those intrepid propagandists errrrrrrr “researchers” over at Snopes have already looked into the story and determined that this John Sullivan character is 100% definitely not ANTIFA:
Based on the fact that the sources of this rumor are unreliable, and the fact that Trump urged his supporters to do exactly what they’re doing now, and that an extremist group known for provoking violence stated that it had planned to dress in black to “blend in,” we rate this rumor “False.”
In the days following the attack on the Capitol, wrenching scenes of police officers battered by the mob drew public outrage. Right wing figures on social media continued to push the baseless narrative in an attempt to blame left wing activists associated with antifa and the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement for the violence. Five people were killed, including a Capitol police officer, and dozens of outnumbered police were injured, many of whom fought hand-to-hand with rioters in an effort to prevent them from breaching the building.
Some right wing figures pointed to John Sullivan, an accused agent provocateur who filmed the death of Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran and Trump supporter who was shot by police when she tried to break through a barricaded door as rioters broke into the building. Sullivan was arrested in Utah on Jan. 14, 2021, on charges related to the riot.
For example, right wing junk site Gateway Pundit’s headline reported, “BREAKING: FBI Arrests Antifa Leader John Sullivan in Utah After Storming US Capitol …Update: With FBI Affidavit.” The story was tweeted by “Happy Days” actor and Trump supporter Scott Baio. The unfounded claim has even been embraced by some members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, who has come under fire for an incendiary speech at a rally that preceded the mob attack on the Capitol.
But Sullivan, a Utah resident, isn’t an “antifa leader,” and the idea that he’s part of the Black Lives Matter movement was rejected by the local chapter in his home state, as The Intercept’s Robert Mackey noted in a detailed analysis:
“In fact, Sullivan is a curious figure who is treated with suspicion or outright hostility by a number of left-wing organizers associated with Black Lives Matter and antifascism in Utah, California and the Pacific Northwest.”
Mackey went on to report that left wing activists in various cities have warned against associating with Sullivan, accusing him of harmful actions and exploiting protests movements for personal gain.
The FBI said during a Jan. 8, 2021, news conference that there was “no indication” that anyone from the antifa movement was involved in the attack. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican who has been an outspoken Trump supporter, bluntly rejected the claim that the riot was instigated by left wing activists, stating, “Some say the riots were caused by antifa. There is absolutely no evidence of that. And conservatives should be the first to say so.”
So what’s the truth?
I think we have some smart readers here.
Smart, patriotic Americans with good working brains that God gave them and common sense.
You decide….is this John Sullivan? Is this guy a Trump supporter or is he ANTIFA?
Watch here on Rumble and make up your own mind:
My personal opinion?
Forget all the videos, all the reports, all the stories….
I say take one look at the eyes.
He’s got those crazy Liberal Eyes.
The AOC crazy eyes!
It’s always a dead giveaway.