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

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Police clear the U.S. Capitol Building with tear gas as supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather outside, in Washington, January 6, 2021.

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A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent has been arrested for allegedly participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

The agent, Mark Sami Ibrahim, allegedly flashed his badge and a DEA-issued handgun during the riot while posing for photos with those items.

Authorities said he entered the restricted area around the Capitol and also climbed on the Peace Memorial at the foot of Capitol Hill. And he participated “in a WhatsApp group chat with at least five other law enforcement officers” during the invasion of the Capitol grounds, a court filing said.

That filing also says that after Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot by a police officer inside the Capitol, as she crawled through a window leading to the House of Representatives chamber, she was taken outside on a gurney and passed “within steps of Ibrahim.”

A friend of Ibrahim’s who was standing with him videotaped Babbitt as “she was being moved past them” into an ambulance,” the filing said.

Photos submitted in a D.O.J. Statement of Facts court filing shows Mark Sami Ibrahim at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th, 2021.

Source: D.O.J.

“Ibrahim subsequently posted that video to the WhatsApp group chat,” the court filing said.

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

He had given notice of his planned resignation several weeks before the invasion of the Capitol by a horde of Trump backers, according to the court filing.

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

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 filing said.

Photos from a D.O.J. Statement of Facts showing a crop of the photo above showing IBRAHIM’s DEA badge and firearm at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th, 2021.

Source: D.O.J.

Cell-phone data shows that Ibrahim arrived at the Capitol grounds at about 1:06 p.m. on Jan. 6 — about 13 minutes after a crowd began breaking down fencing barricading the grounds — and that three minutes later he “posed for several photographs in which he flashed and displayed his DEA badge and firearm.”

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

Video posted on the Internet shows Ibrahim at about 1:45 p.m. that day carrying a flagpole with a flag sporting a blue five-pointed star and the words “LIBERTY OR DEATH,” the court filing says. At the time, Ibrahim was about 400 feet inside the first set of fencing that had barricaded the Capitol.

Photos submitted in a D.O.J. Statement of Facts court filing shows Mark Sami Ibrahim at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th, 2021.

Source: D.O.J.

“At approximately 2:10 PM, IBRAHIM took a video of himself, which he subsequently posted to the WhatsApp group chat [with other law enforcement officers], standing in the crowd on a patch of grass above the United States Capitol visitor’s center between the East Portico of the Capitol and the Senate,” the filing says.

“Question Mark, you are carrying your duty weapon and your badge/creds?” one WhatsApp group chat member asked Ibrahim, referring to his DEA credentials, the filing noted. “I need to know this mark.”

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