DEA agent is arrested for storming the Capitol on January 6 after he shared video of himself ‘at the riot with his firearm and law enforcement badge’
- Mark Sami Ibrahim was arrested Tuesday after allegedly filming himself posing with his firearm and badge at the Capitol insurrection on January 6
- Federal prosecutors said he was not working in his official capacity as a Drug Enforcement Agency officer that day
- Ibrahim allegedly admitted to being at the Capitol insurrection, but claimed he was there with a friend who was asked by the FBI to document it
- He is now being charged with making false statements, entering and remaining in a restricted building with a firearm and climbing on monuments
A Drug Enforcement Agency agent was arrested Tuesday after allegedly filming himself holding his firearm and waving a flag reading ‘Liberty or Death’ as he stormed the Capitol on January 6.
Mark Sami Ibrahim was reportedly on leave from his job at the agency, and was not acting in his official capacity as far-right protesters took the Capitol that day.
He allegedly admitted to authorities he was at the Capitol on January 6 with his credentials and his gun, but denied displaying them, despite photos and video posted to WhatsApp showing him posing with the badge and gun, and climbing on top of the monuments.
Ibrahim said he went to the riot with a friend, who he claimed was asked by the FBI to document the event, which the friend denied.
‘According to the friend, Ibrahim crafted this story about how his friend was at the Capitol to assist the FBI and that Ibrahim was there helping him,’ charging documents read.
Instead, the friend allegedly said they were ‘not there in any formal capacity for the FBI and that the FBI was not giving him directions or marching orders.’
He said Ibrahim crafted the story to ‘cover his ass,’ telling prosecutors Ibrahim intended to promote himself at the insurrection to launch ‘a political podcast and cigar brand.’
Ibrahim is now being charged with making false statements, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a firearm, entering Capitol grounds with a firearm and stepping and climbing on statues on Capitol grounds.
Ibrahim was suspended from the DEA in March.
Mark Sami Ibrahim was reportedly on leave from his job at the agency, and was not acting in his official capacity as far-right protesters took the Capitol that day
In photos posted to WhatsApp, Ibrahim could be seen waving a ‘Liberty or Death’ flag at the Capitol riot on January 6
He also allegedly posted photos of him brandishing his gun and badge, despite telling prosecutors in March he did not display them
The insurrection broke out on January 6 when a group of pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol in an effort to prevent lawmakers from certifying the results of the 2020 election