“accused of entering restricted grounds around the Capitol, possessing a firearm while there and lying to investigators”
Mark Ibrahim lost his job as a DEA agent for attending the January 6th protest. He did not participate in the riot.
In addition to being fired, he faces charges for a number of supposed crimes.
John Kruzel reported at The Hill:
DEA agent arrested on Jan. 6 charges
A special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was arrested Tuesday on felony charges related to his alleged participation in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
Mark Ibrahim of Orange County, Calif., is accused of entering restricted grounds around the Capitol, possessing a firearm while there and lying to investigators, in what are believed to be the first charges filed against a federal law enforcement official involved in the pro-Trump attack.
Court records unsealed Tuesday contain photographs in which Ibrahim can be seen displaying his DEA badge and government-issued firearm, posing on a statue and walking along restricted grounds shortly after the barricades were breached. He has not been accused of entering the Capitol.
Ibrahim is alleged to have sent photographs and videos of himself on the Capitol grounds to a WhatsApp group chat with at least five other law enforcement officers, according to court records.
A Justice Department official said in a court filing that Ibrahim crafted a phony narrative in which he falsely claimed that his participation in the Jan. 6 event was part of an effort to assist the FBI. A friend who accompanied Ibrahim that day told the official that Ibrahim concocted the story to “cover his ass.”
Darren Richie, an attorney for Ibrahim, said his client “at all times remained peaceful and docile” and “played no role in any riot.”
Ibrahim appeared on the Tucker Carlson show last night with his lawyer to discuss the charges. In his introduction, Tucker emphasized that Ibrahim had his weapon with him because he was a federal agent in good standing, and that people in such a position are encouraged to carry their weapons. Watch:
Tucker Carlson With An Update On His Investigation Into Whether The FBI Was Involved At All In The January 6th Protest
Tucker Interviews A Former DEA Agent Who Says He Was Invited By A FBI Informant To Go The Capitol That Day & Was Encouraged By This Man To Go Into The Capitol pic.twitter.com/iRsY2VTz79
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) July 23, 2021
This man did not participate in the riot and his prosecution looks political and vindictive. Democrats are purging the military and law enforcement agencies of people they suspect of being Trump supporters. It’s un-American.
Ibrahim is facing 15 years in prison, despite the fact that he did not participate in the riot or enter the Capitol. Does anyone believe that a DEA agent who participated in one of the Antifa/BLM riots would face similar charges?
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