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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 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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Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.