The Justice Department has named Chuck Rosenberg, a top FBI official and former U.S. attorney, to be the new head of the embattled Drug Enforcement Administration, the Washington Post reports. Rosenberg, chief of staff to the FBI director, will become acting administrator of the DEA, replacing Michele Leonhart, stepped down last month in April after being harshly criticized during a Capitol Hill hearing. The hearing focused in part on allegations that her agents in Colombia had sex parties with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels overseas.
Rosenberg has worked closely for the past year and a half with FBI Director James Comey and other senior FBI officials on counterterrorism, cybercrime, intelligence and criminal investigative issues as well as management issues. Rosenberg is a veteran of the Justice Department. He was hired out of the University of Virginia law school and served in numerous positions, including as chief of staff to the deputy attorney general, counselor to the attorney general, a trial attorney for the tax division and a prosecutor in the Eastern District of Virginia. He served as U.S. attorney of the Southern District of Texas from 2005 to 2006 and as U.S. attorney in Virginia from 2006 to 2008. He will be taking over an agency that has not only been the subject of criticism on Capitol Hill but also at times out of step with the rest of the administration.