DEA chief Michele Leonhart, who was grilled in a congressional hearing last week about the sex parties, is expected to step down from her post in the near future. Justin Mitchell reports.
The head of the Drug Enforcement Agency, Michele Leonhart, reportedly ready to step down in the wake of shocking revelations that American drug agents took part in sex parties with prostitutes while on assignment in Colombia. Several media outlets reporting Tuesday Leonhart intends to resign. The alleged sex parties were paid for by the very drug cartels the agents were supposed to be going after. They took place between 2005 and 2008 and were detailed by the Justice Department's inspector general last month in a bombshell report. Among the most shocking allegations: The parties took place at a headquarters paid for by the U.S. government, and one agent got into a physical altercation with a prostitute over payment. Officials said seven agents admitted to attending the parties, and were hit with suspensions between two and 10 days, sparking an outcry on Capitol Hill that no one involved was fired. The House Oversight Committee questioned Leonhart last week about the ongoing scandal …and chairman Jason Chaffetz was not happy with Leonhart's performance. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REP. JASON CHAFFETZ, UTAH REPUBLICAN, SAYING: "You allow this person who engages a prostitute, throws glass at her, breaks the skin, there's blood all over the place, and they're still employed at the DEA?" Chaffetz and 21 committee members from both parties issued a joint statement afterward saying Leonhart had "lost the confidence of this committee to initiate the necessary reforms to restore the reputation of a vital agency." Leonhart's departure comes as the Secret Service also reels from a series of embarrassing security lapses and behavior problems, including a separate incident involving agents and prostitutes in Colombia while on a presidential visit.