Rosenberg Leaving DEA, NJ’s Fuentes May Get Job

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Acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg, who was chosen two years ago to bring stability to an agency riven by controversy, will step down Oct. 1, USA Today reports. Rosenberg, a long-time Justice Department official who also served as a two-time U.S. Attorney and a chief of staff to former FBI Director James Comey, was appointed after scandals forced the ouster of his predecessor, Michele Leonhart. Rosenberg worked closely with Comey, the FBI director Trump fired in May. Rosenberg also once served as a counselor to former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who is now directing the investigation into Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election.

As the Trump administration ramps up its response to the opioid crisis and formulates a harder line policy on marijuana, it has been considering other nominees DEA slot, including New Jersey State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes. Fuentes has discussed the job with top Justice officials. A career New Jersey law enforcement official, Fuentes was appointed to lead the state police in 2003 and is the state’s longest serving superintendent. His candidacy is supported by the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest police union.

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