‘I can’t serve my country anymore’: Fmr DEA agent says he was axed for attending Capitol rally, not riot

Mark Ibrahim is a former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent who claims he was fired from his job for attending former President Trump’s speech and rally on Jan. 6, not the Capitol riot.

Ibrahim appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show to set the record straight on Tuesday. He explained that he attended the rally with his brother, an FBI special agent, and was not part of the riot that took place. His only alleged crime was simply being at the rally.

“There were thousands of Republicans, kind of garden variety Republicans, who went to hear Donald Trump speak near the White House on January 6th,” Carlson reported. “Most of them didn’t do anything wrong at all. They just sat and listened. Our next guest is one of them.”

After introducing Ibrahim, Carlson relayed how the former DEA agent assisted police officers on the scene but had nothing to do with the violence that occurred that day.

“I never even stepped foot on the stairs to the Capitol building. I wasn’t going to go to the rally that day. A friend I served in Iraq with asked me to help him get there for documentation purposes and we were just spectators,” Ibrahim explained. “When the crowd began to be hostile towards law enforcement, me being law enforcement myself, I started to document everything. Via my friend, we handed everything over to the FBI so those criminals could face justice.”

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Upon returning to Los Angeles, Ibrahim said he had his gun and badge taken from him. “I was escorted off the premise to my apartment like a criminal. And I was fired after being suspended for two months. For performance issues,” he claimed.

Carlson doubted that Ibrahim’s termination was even legal. He referred to an “ideological purge” that he said is allegedly occurring in the military.

“Don’t we have civil service laws that protect career federal employees from being fired for their political beliefs? I thought we did?” Carlson enquired.

“I hope we do, too. I mean, I was there with my brother. He is an FBI special agent. And no adverse action was taken against him, as it shouldn’t. As it shouldn’t have happened to me. And, you know, they got it wrong,” Ibrahim stated.

“Me and my brother both served in the Army. I followed him into federal law enforcement. My sister is a Navy veteran. My mom was in the Pentagon on 9/11. And I’m the son of two immigrants who left oppressive regimes,” he continued. “And, you know, my mom instilled in me a debt we owe this country for the liberties and freedoms, they are not free. So, just the saddest part about this is I can’t serve my country anymore.”

Ibrahim is planning on taking legal action for his firing. He’s also urging others who were similarly persecuted to do the same thing.

“I am taking legal action against the DEA. Through the help of DRE law firms. They have been very supportive taking this as a matter of principle … I have been taking orders since I was 18. I was really was just going to accept this and my friends encouraged me to fight. They said not just on your behalf but everybody who is being wrongfully persecuted for their political views. I would encourage anybody if you have taken — if any adverse action was taken against you because of your political views, you should fight,” he said.

“Really quick, I have to ask you, I can’t resist,” Carlson added. “Remember when they called the last guy a fascist. Does that make you laugh thinking about it now?”

“It does, yeah,” Ibrahim acknowledged.


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