But prosecutors advised a distinct story in court docket paperwork unsealed on Tuesday.
According to prosecutors, Ibrahim had knowledgeable the DEA weeks earlier than the riot that he supposed to resign. Ibrahim took private go away from work, in accordance to court docket paperwork, and traveled from California to Washington for January 6.
On the day of the riot, prosecutors say, Ibrahim went to the Capitol with a buddy from his army service, and his brother, who Ibrahim has mentioned is an FBI particular agent. Ibrahim allegedly posed for footage as he made his means throughout the Capitol grounds, flashing his DEA badge and gun holstered at his hip.
Ibrahim was interviewed by the FBI one week earlier than he appeared on Fox News. According to court docket filings, Ibrahim admitted he had been on the Capitol with his DEA credentials and firearm however denied displaying anybody the badge or gun. He additionally allegedly delivered the identical story he advised Tucker Carlson — that he had gone to the Capitol to help his buddy who had been requested by the FBI to doc the riot.
But court docket paperwork say Ibrahim’s buddy advised investigators he had no instructions from the FBI and that Ibrahim was attempting to “cover his ass.” The buddy mentioned Ibrahim was planning his subsequent profession transfer after quitting the DEA and wished use the rally to launch a political podcast and cigar model.
He has not but entered a plea within the case.
Ibrahim’s lawyer has beforehand mentioned he was on the Capitol to take pleasure in “an important day in history” and that “Mr. Ibrahim was not part of, affiliated with nor participatory in any trespass or violent acts and vehemently denounces them.”
More than 540 individuals have been charged by the Justice Department within the assault on the Capitol.
NCS’s Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.