The White House has issued a press release that President Barack Obama would nominate Michele M. Leonhart to head the Drug Enforcement Administration. Leonhart is a career law enforcement officer and was appointed by George W. Bush in 2003 as the Deputy Administrator in the DEA. Karen Tandy, another Bush-appointed official, had resigned as the head of the DEA in 2007 and Leonhard has been serving as the Acting Administrator of the DEA ever since. She began working for the agency in the 1980′s when she was hired as a special agent. The President listed her qualifications in the release as having 30 years with the DEA, her management roles in field divisions, and various awards she has earned in her career. John Pistole, deputy director for the FBI, NY US Attorney Boyd Johnson III and California US Attorney Greg Vega were all interviewed for the post and, Pistole was considered a front runner according to Tickle the Wire. Some critics of the Leonhart nomination say that reaffirming Bush policies by retaining his worst appointees is disappointing to say the least. Leonhart was front and center during the federal closing of California dispensaries during the Bush years. Pete Guither writes on his blog
her relationship with super-snitch Andrew Chambers, who was paid over $2 million by the DEA to testify (and lie) for the DEA. He was finally discredited and removed.
What did Michele think about his lying to help them get convictions?
“The only criticism (of Chambers) I’ve ever heard is what defense attorneys will characterize as perjury or a lie on the stand.”
She continued by saying that once prosecutors check him out, they’ll agree with his admirers in DEA that he’s “an outstanding testifier.”
Perfect choice for head of the DEA. Someone who doesn’t even know that perjury is wrong.
Unfortunately it seems that change sometimes means to stay the same.