The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has suspended an agent who was among the mob of pro-Trump insurrectionists outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, Reuters reports.
The news outlet noted this is “the first known case of authorities examining the conduct of a fellow federal agent during the deadly riot.”
The agent, Mark Ibrahim, declined to comment other than to say in a phone interview that he “never entered the building,” when the crowd breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, setting off violence that left five dead.
One of Ibrahim’s lawyers, Gretchen Gaspari, said DEA officials told Ibrahim that they were putting him on leave and suspending his security clearance “because of his presence on Jan. 6.”
She said Ibrahim, who was off duty but carrying his service weapon at the time, was part of the crowd outside the Capitol as Trump supporters stormed the building in a bid to stop Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.
Ibrahim’s attorney said the agent was outside the Capitol because “it was a historic event,” according to the report. She also said he had not passed a set of metal barricades outside the building.
DEA officials learned Ibrahim had been outside the Capitol after he sent photographs from his phone to a group chat of fellow agents. The agency took his weapons and credentials while it decides how to proceed.
Per the report, Ibrahim, who worked in a DEA office in the Los Angeles suburbs, has not been charged with a crime.
Reuters reported that officials declined to say if any other agents were also present at the Capitol.
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