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Friday, May 15, 2015

Obama Appoints New DEA Director

Last month, the director of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Michele M. Leonhart, announced her retirement from the agency. Her retirement comes in the wake of an agency scandal and differences in opinion with President Obama regarding drug policy. She was criticized for her handling of the DEA agents in Colombia who participated in sex parties with prostitutes paid for by drug cartels, and she openly criticized Obama regarding his beliefs about marijuana.

In response, Obama has chosen Chuck Rosenberg, a senior F.B.I. official and former United States attorney, as the interim director of the DEA, The New York Times reports.

“Throughout his distinguished career in law enforcement and public service, Chuck has earned the trust and the praise of his colleagues at every level,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch in a news release. “He has proven himself as an exceptional leader, a skilled problem-solver, and a consummate public servant of unshakeable integrity. And he has demonstrated, time and again, his deep and unwavering commitment not only to the women and men who secure our nation, but to the fundamental values that animate their service. As Acting Administrator of the DEA, Chuck will play a vital role in the work of this Administration and this Department of Justice to pursue American priorities, protect American interests, and safeguard our way of life. I can think of no better individual to lead this storied agency, and I have no doubt that his tenure will be defined by the same commitment to honor and excellence that has guided him throughout his distinguished career. I congratulate him once again on this well-deserved appointment, and look forward to all that he will achieve in the days ahead.”

Rosenberg's resume is notable, and includes serving as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of Texas. He served as chief of staff to FBI Director James Comey for the last year and a half.

“Chuck Rosenberg is one of the finest people and public servants I have ever known,” said Director Comey in the news release. “His judgment, intelligence, humility, and passion for the mission will be sorely missed at FBI. I congratulate our friends at the Drug Enforcement Administration. This is good for the entire Department of Justice and the country.”

In the past, Mr. Rosenberg has been supported by both Republicans and Democrats, according to the article.

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