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DEA Agent Arrested For Bringing Gun, Badge To Capitol Protest, Claimed He Was There To Help FBI

An off-duty DEA agent has been arrested after federal prosecutors accused him of brandishing his government-issued firearm during the Capitol protest on January 6.

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An off-duty DEA agent has been arrested after federal prosecutors accused him of brandishing his government-issued firearm during the Capitol protest on January 6.

Mark Ibrahim, a California resident and reportedly a “probational employee” of the DEA, has been charged with multiple crimes, including making a false statement and carrying a firearm on restricted grounds.

Ibrahim was reportedly fired from his job as an agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) back in March even though, as he argued to Fox News at the time, he “never even stepped foot on the stairs of the Capitol building.”

A Washington Post report seems to confirm this detail, noting he “is not accused of entering the Capitol building.”

Ibrahim is, however, still accused of entering a restricted area, flashing his badge and gun, and then lying about his actions to authorities.

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DEA Agent Accused Of Flashing Gun At Capitol

The DEA agent, in an interview with the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Justice, admitted to having his badge and a government-issued firearm on his person at the protest.

He denied knowingly revealing them, however.

“I had my creds. I had my firearm, and my badge on me … But never exposed … Not that I know of,” he told investigators.

Several images included in court filings against Ibrahim seem to contradict his statement.

Prosecutors also assert that claims made by the DEA agent that he was there on behalf of the FBI were false.

Ibrahim, according to the Washington Post, “entered the restricted grounds around the building shortly after barricades were torn down by the mob and then repeatedly showed off his badge and gun to other protesters.”

“He then falsely claimed he was there to help the FBI,” the Post adds.

According to the report, Ibrahim had asserted he was “documenting the event for the FBI.”

Earlier this week, a man who pled guilty to breaching the Senate chamber during the January protest was sentenced to eight months in prison.

He was not accused of any violent act.

It’s difficult to ascertain what kind of sentence Ibrahim would get based on the four charges he is facing.

“Ibrahim appears to be one of the first, if not the first, federal law enforcement agents accused of involvement in the Jan. 6 riot,” the Washington Post writes.

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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