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A federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent who was on leave and planned to resign was arrested Tuesday for illegally entering Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, according to court filings.

Why it matters: Mark Sami Ibrahim is the first federal law enforcement officer charged in connection to the insurrection.

Details: Ibrahim was part of the mob that crowded onto U.S. Capitol grounds on Jan. 6. Court filings show he climbed on the Peace Memorial and posed for several photographs in which his DEA badge and firearm are displayed.

  • He was in a WhatsApp group chat with at least five other law enforcement officers, the filings noted. He later took a video of himself standing inside overrun barricades and posted it to the WhatsApp group.
    • "Question Mark, you are carrying your duty weapon and your badge/creds?" one group chat member asked Ibrahim, per the filing.
  • Ibrahim also posted a video his friend took of Ashli Babbitt as she was loaded into an ambulance.
  • "He was not on duty for the DEA and had no role as a law enforcement officer on the Capitol grounds," the filing said.

Ibrahim claimed that the FBI had asked his friend to document the protests and attended the event with his friend "to assist with that effort," per court documents.

  • The friend, however, told authorities that Ibrahim "crafted this story ... to 'cover his ass'" and that the FBI never gave the friend directions on documentation.
  • Ibrahim's friend told FBI agents that he attended the protests "to promote himself" as he considered post-DEA steps.

The big picture: Federal prosecutors have described the Capitol riot probe — which has seen charges against over 550 people thus far — as "likely the most complex investigation ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice."

  • Paul Hodgkins became the first Jan. 6 rioter to be sentenced for a felony on Monday, setting a benchmark for hundreds of other cases brought against individuals involved in the attack.
  • 1 in 10 defendants from the U.S. insurrection have ties to the military, CNN reported in May.

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President Biden speaks during the 40th annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the U.S Capitol on Oct. 16. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden speaking at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday honored members of law enforcement who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020 and saluted those who are currently serving.

Driving the news: "We expect everything of you, and it's beyond the capacity of anyone to meet the total expectations. Being a cop today is one hell of a lot harder than it's ever been," Biden said.

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Pentagon: 8,500 troops on high alert for possible deployment to eastern Europe

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 U.S. troops on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to eastern Europe in case NATO activates its rapid-response force over tensions with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: No decisions have been made to deploy U.S. forces, but the heightened alert level will allow the military to rapidly shore up NATO's eastern flank in the event that Russia invades Ukraine. The Pentagon warned that Russia has shown "no signs of de-escalating," and continues to amass troops on Ukraine's borders.

Alabama's new congressional map rejected by federal judges

The Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Federal judges on Monday night blocked Alabama's newly drawn congressional map and ordered the Republican-led State Legislature to create a new one that includes two districts, rather than the planned one.

Why it matters: "Black voters have less opportunity than other Alabamians to elect candidates of their choice to Congress," the panel of three judges wrote in their ruling.