A DEA agent has been arrested for storming the Capitol in connection with the January 6 uprising.
Mark Ibrahim was wearing his DEA issued badge and weapon and spoke about it in a panel discussion, according to the FBI.
A friend told the FBI that Ibrahim lied about his involvement to “cover up his a–“, according to an affidavit.
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A Drug Enforcement Agency agent was arrested on Tuesday after the FBI accused him of storming the Capitol on January 6 and lying to Department of Justice officials about his involvement in the ‘insurrection.
Prosecutors accused DEA agent Mark Ibrahim of bringing a gun into the Capitol grounds as part of a crowd of Donald Trump supporters who sought to block certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election.
According to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court in Washington, DC, Ibrahim was wearing his DEA-issued badge and gun while protesting the election results. A friend who Ibrahim was with took video of Ashli Babbitt’s body being moved by paramedics, and Ibrahim shared the video in a WhatsApp chat group with other law enforcement officials, according to affidavit.
The FBI affidavit includes several photos of Ibrahim appearing to pose for a camera during the riot, as well as a photo that appears to be a selfie.
Officials from the Justice Ministry’s Inspector General’s office questioned Ibrahim, according to the affidavit. Ibrahim told officials he attended the event with a friend who had been asked to document the event for the FBI, according to the affidavit.
When the FBI agent questioned the friend Ibrahim cited, the friend said Ibrahim made up the story.
“IBRAHIM’s friend told your depositor that he was not there in an official capacity for the FBI and that the FBI was not giving him instructions or marching orders,” the agent wrote. in the affidavit. “He said that IBRAHIM designed this story to ‘cover up his a–.'”
The friend also told the agent Ibrahim wanted to promote himself ahead of a possible podcast and cigar brand launch.
“According to a friend of IBRAHIM, IBRAHIM went to the rally to promote himself – IBRAHIM had been thinking of his next move after leaving the DEA and wanted the protests to be his stage to launch a political podcast and a brand of cigars” Liberty Tavern, “” says the affidavit.
In an interview with Fox News in March, Ibrahim denied any wrongdoing, according to the Washington Post.
Ibrahim was on personal leave from the DEA on January 6 and previously told the agency he planned to resign, according to the FBI affidavit. One of his lawyers told Reuters in March he was suspended from the agency because of his activities on Capitol Hill. DEA officials did not immediately respond to Insider’s request to comment on Ibrahim’s employment status.
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