Federal authorities have seized roughly $90,000 from a Utah man who sold footage of the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
John Sullivan has been charged with entering the Capitol building and participating in the riot. His recording of a confrontation between Capitol police and the crowd storming the building showed an officer shooting and killing Ashli Babbitt, according to a report from Reuters.
Sullivan sold the footage to multiple news outlets. He now faces additional charges, according to court filings Reuters obtained. He faces eight criminal counts, including weapons charges, the filings unsealed Thursday showed.
Sullivan portrayed himself as an independent journalist who was reporting on the chaos, according to court filings, but during the riot he reportedly encouraged other participants to “burn” the building and engage in violence.
Court filings also show that he boasted to another witness, “my footage is worth like a million of dollars, millions of dollars.”
Sullivan is one of several Utahns facing charges for their participation in the insurrection, including Brady Knowlton, former Salt Lake City police officer Michael Lee Hardin, Willard Peart and Landon Copleand.