CBS News is reporting this morning that Drug Enforcement Administration Chief Michele M. Leonhart is expected to resign amid mounting furor over a series of scandals in the nation’s top narcotics enforcement branch.
“A senior administration official tells CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante that DEA administrator Michele Leonhart is expected to step down soon.”
Last week a Congressional committee passed a searing “no confidence” vote on Leonhart, following the news that taxpayers dollars funded DEA agent visits to prostitutes in Colombia. The agents received one- to ten-day suspensions.
The DEA is also in hot water for secretly spying on Americans for decades, then using that intelligence to fabricate the beginnings of drug cases. The practice of “parallel construction” taints potentially tens of thousands of convictions.
The DEA is the modern successor to another scandal-plagued government agency — the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, which was disbanded in 1968.