AN ANTI-Trump rioter who allegedly infiltrated the Capitol Hill carnage has a history of violence and thrives on chaos, prosecutors warned as he was freed on bail.
Left wing activist John Sullivan was arrested after a video revealed he shouted "it's our house" and "we got to get this s**t burned."
He claimed to only be inside the Capitol on January 6, when Trump supporters stormed the building, to document the riots, and posted videos to his YouTube and Twitter accounts.
Federal prosecutors warned he likes to pose as members of organizations and stir up trouble in a failed bid to lock him up.
DC-based prosecutor Bryan N. Reeves issued the warning to a judge in Sullivan's home state of Utah during a Zoom hearing on Friday.
Sullivan, a former Olympic speed skater turned liberal activist, was however released to house arrest despite his plea, reports the New York Times.
Reeves said: "He thrives on chaos."
“The defendant uses messaging apps to set up meetings and set up riots,” he told the judge.
"He will pose as different members of organizations, even those that have disavowed him."
The prosecutor also warned the Sullivan had planned to return to the Capitol on Inauguration Day.
Sullivan turned himself in Thursday in Utah on charges of civil disorder after taking part in the riot as Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol.
He is also charged with inciting a riot in Provo, Utah, during a rally which resulted in a motorist being shot after he urged protesters to "block public roadways", prosecutors said.
Reeves claimed Sullivan is also accused in the Provo case of “kicking a civilian vehicle while threatening the woman inside to, 'beat her ass and f*** her head up'."
He said the activist shows a "reckless disregard for the health and welfare of innocent civilians".
The prosecutor also said the while he was at the rally in Provo he was "inciting" others in Portland to resist the police.
However, Magistrate Judge Daphne Oberg ordered Sullivan, 26, to remain free but kept under house arrest.
His Internet use and travel will be monitored, and he is barred from leaving his home except for court-approved appointments
He is also required to submit to a mental health evaluation ahead of his next appearance over the Capitol riot – which will at 1pm on January 22.
His brother, James Sullivan debunked the his claims that he was just documenting the events in a Facebook post one day after the Capitol erupted in chaos.
"My brother is a person who defames people and incites violence and singlehandedly sparked the patriot militia movement in UT because he was that radical," he claimed.
"I spent an entire summer dismantling his narrative and working with different organizations to strategically remove him from his prominence.
"John has been struggling to find prominence ever since, working with a documentary to “change his image” causing me to join it to make sure the image of the patriot movement doesn’t get skewed, and now he’s being portrayed by the MSM as a journalist and reporter."
He then went on to slam his brother writing: "My brother is sick, truly sick."
James appears to be an avid Trump supporter, according to photos and posts on his Facebook page.
He also posted an image of his brother being detained, with the caption: "Yes, John, sit on that curb. Looks like your 30 seconds of fame are over again."
John claimed to be a video journalist, but after his arrest, he apparently admitted to the FBI that he does not have press credentials, according to an arrest affidavit.
He's now facing federal charges of civil disorder, entering a restricted building and violent entry or disorderly conduct.
He allegedly told rioters, "We gotta get this s**t burned," and "it's our house motherf***er" in a video he took inside the political hub.
He later tells rioters: "You guys are f**king savage. Let's go!" before dubbing, "This s**t is ours! F**k yeah. I can't believe this is reality."
Sullivan told Rolling Stone that he was attempting to "relate" to rioters, after entering the Capitol building through a broken window.
"I had to relate to these people, and build trust in the short amount of time I had there to get where I need to go," he said.
"To the front of the crowd to see the dynamic between the police and the protesters, because nobody wants to see the backs of people's heads from a far-off distance."
In an interview last week, Johnson told Fox News that he wanted to set the record straight that it was not Antifa who stormed the Capitol building, as some right wing outlets have suggested.
"There's this narrative going around right now that Antifa was the people there causing the riots, causing the tension, they were the only people breaking into the Capitol, and I wanted to be able to tell a part of history and show that that was anything but the case," Sullivan said.
Sullivan denies having any affiliation with Antifa, according to the outlet.
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