The embattled head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Michele Leonhart, will retire from the agency mid-May of next month amid rumors of a sex scandal, involving multiple agents, and the false imprisonment of a California college student.
On announcing the career drug agents retirement Attorney General Eric Holder said, “I have been proud to call her my partner” in reference to the partnership the justice department has had with Michele Leonhart since she took over the top spot in 2007, she is the second woman to do so in the administrations history.
Michele has led this distinguished agency with honor, and I have been proud to call her my partner in the work of safeguarding our national security and protecting our citizens from crime, exploitation and abuse (…) I have no doubt that the women and men of the DEA will continue to perform their duties with the utmost integrity, professionalism and skill.
A press release picked up by the Washington post White House spokesman Josh Earnest reiterated earlier Tuesday that the Obama administration had “concerns about the material that was presented” after Leonhart was grilled in a congressional hearing last week about drug agents participating in “sex parties” while on assignment in Colombia.
(…) concerns about the material that was presented in the report that raised legitimate and serious questions about the conduct of some DEA officers. (…) The president, as you know, maintains a very high standard for anybody who serves in his administration, particularly when it comes to law enforcement officials. And the report raised serious concerns about that conduct.
According to USA Today “Most of the sex parties occurred in government-leased quarters where agents’ laptops, BlackBerry devices and other government issued equipment were present … potentially exposing them to extortion, blackmail or coercion,”
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