Lebanese Woman Among Those Charged With Entering The U.S. Capitol

via U.S. Department of Justice

After being identified as one of the protesters who were inside the U.S. Capitol building on January 6th, a Lebanese woman from New Jersey has been arrested.

Having fled the civil war in Lebanon as a child, she has been living in the U.S. for over 20 years where she became an active supporter of now-former President Donald Trump. 

She apparently believes America is heading to a civil war, something she was familiar with. She reportedly said that it was imperative to “show support and rise up and fight for our Constitution.”

via U.S. Department of Justice

According to the FBI’s Statement of Facts, a confidential source tipped her off to law enforcement who were able to connect her with the Facebook account, Rasha Abu, which had several posts about her participation in the riot that took place at the U.S. Capitol.

In a post showing pictures of her at a pro-Trump rally, she says she was exposed to tear gas and pepper spray and that she was a part of history. 

via U.S. Department of Justice

The FBI added that a second confidential source reported seeing her outside of the Capitol Hill Kimpton George Hotel and that she showed him/her photographs of her inside the Capitol. 

One of her Facebook posts revealed that she had indeed checked in to the Kimpton George Hotel, according to the FBI statement.

via U.S. Department of Justice

After assessing the photograph, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Mark Smoot was able to confirm that the picture was indeed taken inside the Capitol building.

Consequently, Rasha Abu, her real name being Rasha Abu al-Ragheb, is now accused of (1) knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and (2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct on Capitol grounds.