DEA representative detained for Jan. 6 Capitol riot by Trump fans

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 fans of U.S. President Donald Trump collect outside, in Washington, January 6, 2021.

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A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration representative has actually been detained for apparently taking part in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by fans of then-President Donald Trump.

The representative, Mark Sami Ibrahim, apparently flashed his badge and a DEA-issued pistol throughout the riot while posturing for pictures with those products. Photos of him doing so are consisted of in a court filing.

Authorities stated he went into the limited location around the Capitol and likewise got on the Peace Memorial at the foot of Capitol Hill.

And he got involved “in a WhatsApp group chat with at least five other law enforcement officers” throughout the intrusion of the Capitol premises, the court filing stated.

That filing likewise states that after Trump advocate Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot by a law enforcement officer inside the Capitol, as she crawled through a window causing the House of Representatives chamber, she was taken outside on a gurney and passed “within steps of Ibrahim.”

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

Photos sent in a D.O.J. Statement of Facts court filing programs Mark Sami Ibrahim at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. Sixth, 2021.

Source: D.O.J.

“Ibrahim consequently published that video to the WhatsApp group chat,” the court filing stated.

Ibrahim, who resides in Orange County, California, was a probationary worker of the DEA at the time of the riot, which started after Trump prompted guests at a rally outside the White House to march to the Capitol and battle versus the verification by Congress of the election of Joe Biden as president that day.

He had actually notified of his scheduled resignation a number of weeks prior to the intrusion of the Capitol by a crowd of Trump backers, according to the court filing.

“He was not on task for the DEA and had no function as a police officer on the Capitol premises,” that filing stated. That file likewise stated that Ibrahim was on individual leave from the DEA when he took a trip to Washington, D.C.

A good friend of Ibrahim’s informed FBI representatives that he went to the demonstration “to promote himself,” while thinking about introducing a podcast and stogie brand name, the filing stated.

Photos from a D.O.J. Statement of Facts revealing a crop of the picture above revealing IBRAHIM’s DEA badge and gun at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. Sixth, 2021.

Source: D.O.J.

Cell-phone information reveals that Ibrahim came to the Capitol premises at about 1: 06 p.m. on Jan. 6 — about 13 minutes after a crowd started breaking down fencing barricading the premises — which 3 minutes later on he “presented for a number of photos in which he flashed and showed his DEA badge and gun.”

“Ibrahim’s buddy took these pictures at Ibrahim’s demand,” the court file states.

Video published on the Internet programs Ibrahim at about 1: 45 p.m. that day bring a flagpole with a flag sporting a blue five-pointed star and the words “LIBERTY OR DEATH,” the court filing states. At the time, Ibrahim had to do with 400 feet inside the very first set of fencing that had actually barricaded the Capitol.

Photos sent in a D.O.J. Statement of Facts court filing programs Mark Sami Ibrahim at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. Sixth, 2021.

Source: D.O.J.

“At around 2: 10 PM, Ibrahim took a video of himself, which he consequently published to the WhatsApp group chat [with other law enforcement officers], standing in the crowd on a spot of turf above the United States Capitol visitor’s center in between the East Portico of the Capitol and the Senate,” the filing states.

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

Ibrahim later on ended up being the topic of an examination performed by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

As part of that probe, he was questioned by a representative with the OIG’s workplace, with his lawyer present, by means of video conference on March 15, according to the court filing.

After being encouraged not to lie to the representative, which would be a federal criminal activity, Ibrahim confessed being at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and acknowledged that he was bring his DEA badge and qualifications, in addition to his agency-issued sidearm.

“Ibrahim rejected that he showed or exposed his DEA badge and gun at the Capitol,” the filing said. “Specifically, Ibrahim specified “I had my creds. I had my firearm, and my badge on me . . . But never exposed . . . Not that I know of.”

“During his interview, Ibrahim acknowledged hearing the tear gas canisters going off—he said he heard the booms,” the filing stated.

Ibrahim likewise informed the OIG representative that he went to the Capitol that day with a pal and relative, at the buddy’s demand, according to the filing.

Ibrahim declared that his buddy “had been asked by the FBI to document the event, and that he went along with his friend to assist with that effort,” according to the court file.

The buddy later on informed the OIG representative that “Ibrahim crafted this story … in an effort to ‘cover his a–,’ ” which the buddy had actually never ever gotten any instructions from the FBI to record the riot.

“According to Ibrahim’s buddy, Ibrahim went to the rally in order to promote himself,” the filing said. “Ibrahim had actually been thinking of his next relocation after leaving the DEA and desired the demonstrations to be his phase for introducing a ‘Liberty Tavern’ political podcast and stogie brand name.”

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