Ex-DEA agent allegedly posed on Capitol grounds with official firearm during riot

Ex-DEA agent allegedly posed on Capitol grounds with official firearm during riot


A former Drug Enforcement Administration special agent was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trespassing on Capitol grounds with a gun during the Jan. 6 riot — and later lying to the feds about why he was there.

Mark Sami Ibrahim, of Orange County, Calif., is said to have joined the mob that stormed the restricted area around the Capitol, though he is not accused of actually breaking into the building, according to a criminal complaint.

Federal prosecutors say Ibrahim repeatedly flashed his badge and DEA-issued handgun to other rioters and posed for pictures with those items on Capitol grounds.

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Charging documents include photos Ibrahim sent to a WhatsApp group chat with at least five other law enforcement officers, including one of him holding a flag that read “Liberty or Death” next to the collapsed barricades.

Prosecutors say Ibrahim also posted to the group chat a video of protester Ashli Babbitt being moved on a gurney into an ambulance after she

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