DEA agent says he was unfairly dismissed and is currently under investigation for being in Capitol during a coup
A U.S. Drug Enforcing Administration spokesman who was suspended for being on the US Capitol during the January 6 uprising said on Tuesday he had been expelled from the organization and was now “a criminal investigation,” although he said he had “never set foot on the steps of the Capitol building.”
Mark Ibrahim said in an interview with Fox News after the Capitol attack that “he boarded a plane back to LA. I was robbed of my badge and gun. I was escorted to my room as a criminal, and fired after two months’ suspension, due to work problems.”
“Now, it’s really a matter of criminal investigation,” he told the network.
The Department of Justice declined to comment on Ibrahim’s claim that he was being investigated, and Ibrahim’s lawyer, Darren Richie, declined to give further details to CNN.
The DEA in a statement sent to CNN stated that with each agency’s policy, “it will not comment on certain employee matters” which are protected by privacy laws.
Ibrahim’s shooting adds to the growing list of consequences for those present at the US Capitol on January 6 when a Trump-backed mob stormed the building in an attack that left five people dead. The government has fined about 300 others for the violence. Protesters were trying to stop the Senate from counting election votes to secure the victory of President Joe Biden.
Ibrahim, who is now “taking legal action against the DEA” said in an interview that he was in the Capitol on January 6 because “a friend I worked with in Iraq asked me to help him get there for the purpose of writing letters and just spectators.”
“When the crowd started arguing with the law, I was also the law, I started writing everything and, through my friend, we gave everything to the FBI so that those criminals would face the arm of the law,” he said.
His lawyer previously said that Ibrahim was in the Capitol to celebrate “an important day in history” and that “Mr. Ibrahim was not a part, inconsistent and did nothing in any crime or acts of violence and strongly condemns them.”
Richie also said earlier this month that Ibrahim “was left confused and injured … knowing how easily and quickly the DEA had abandoned his” pride as a member of the agency “which he said supported the nation and its security.”