Michele Leonhart, head of scandal-plagued DEA, expected to resign

leonhartMichele Leonhart, who has reigned over an out-of-control Drug Enforcement Administration since 2007, is expected to resign as administrator soon.

"Leonhart's DEA reflects an outdated, disastrous approach that President Obama claims he wants to leave behind," said Bill Piper, director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance. "If she leaves he has an opportunity to appoint someone who will overhaul the DEA and support drug policy reform."

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According to a recently released Justice Department report, several DEA agents (some with top secret clearances) allegedly participated in multiple orgies with hired sex workers "funded by the local drug cartels" in Colombia. Some also received money, gifts and weapons from these traffickers. The parties occurred at the agents' "government-leased quarters", where laptops and other equipment were accessible – raising "the possibility that DEA equipment and information also may have been compromised as a result of the agents' conduct." The report also found that the DEA obstructed the investigations into this and other scandals.

After Leonhart's horrible performance in Congress during a hearing focused on the sex scandal the House Oversight Committee issued a bipartisan statement of "no confidence" in her leadership. Leonhart was widely panned and her answers deemed inadequate during testimony on her agency's handling of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations. When asked by reporters the White House declined to offer a vote of confidence in Leonhart. In fact, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that President Obama is concerned by "troubling details" about the Colombia scandal and the DEA's response to it.