DEA agent arrested by Trump supporters for Capitol riot on Jan. 6

Police are cleaning up the U.S. Capitol with tear gas while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in Washington on January 6, 2021.

Stephanie Keith | Reuters

A US Drug Enforcement Administration agent was arrested for allegedly participating in the January 6 riots in the US Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

The agent, Mark Sami Ibrahim, reportedly showed his badge and a handgun issued by the DEA while posing with the items for photos during the riot.

Authorities said he entered the restricted area around the Capitol and also climbed the Peace Monument at the foot of the Capitol. And he took part in “a WhatsApp group chat with at least five other law enforcement officers” during the invasion of the Capitol, according to a court file.

That file also states that after Trump supporter Ashli ​​Babbitt was fatally shot and killed by a Capitol cop while crawling through a window that led to the House of Representatives, she was taken outside on a stretcher and “in steps of Ibrahim, ”whose friend videotaped her when she was“ led past them ”into an ambulance.

“Ibrahim then posted this video in the WhatsApp group chat,” said the court file.

Ibrahim, who lives in Orange County, California, was a DEA probationary employee at the time of the uprising, which began after Trump urged attendees at a White House rally to march to the Capitol and against congressional approval to fight the election of Joe Biden as president that day.

Photos submitted in a file of the DOJ Statement of Facts show Mark Sami Ibrahim in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Source: DOJ

He had announced his planned resignation several weeks before the Capitol was invaded by a horde of Trump supporters, according to the court record.

“He was not on duty for the DEA and had no role as a law enforcement officer on the Capitol grounds,” the file said. That document also stated that Ibrahim was on personal leave of absence from the DEA when he traveled to Washington, DC

A friend of Ibrahim’s told FBI agents that he went to the protest “to promote himself” while considering launching a podcast and cigar brand, the file said.

Photos from a DOJ Statement of Facts showing a portion of the above photo showing the IBRAHIM DEA badge and firearm in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Source: DOJ

Cell phone data shows that Ibrahim arrived at the Capitol grounds at around 1:06 pm on January 6 – about 13 minutes after a crowd began to break down the fences that barricaded the area – and that three minutes later he was “for several Posing photos showing him flashing and showing his DEA badge and firearm. ”

“Ibrahim’s friend took these photos at Ibrahim’s request,” says the court document.

A video published on the Internet shows Ibrahim around 1:45 p.m. that day with a flagpole with a flag with a blue five-pointed star and the words “LIBERTY OR TOD”, according to the court record. At the time, Ibrahim was about 400 feet within the first fence that barricaded the Capitol.

Photos submitted in a file of the DOJ Statement of Facts show Mark Sami Ibrahim in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Source: DOJ

“At around 2:10 pm, IBRAHIM recorded a video of himself, which he then published in the WhatsApp group chat [with other law enforcement officers], in the crowd on a patch of grass above the United States Capitol Visitor Center between the Capitol’s east portico and the Senate, “the file reads.

“Question mark, do you have your service weapon and your badge / ID?” a member of the WhatsApp group chat asked Ibrahim, referring to his DEA credentials. “I need to know this sign.”

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