The Drug Enforcement Administration recently came under fire after it was revealed in a Department of Justice inspector general report that DEA agents held “sex parties” with Colombian prostitutes who were hired by drug cartels. Well, DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart had her day on Capitol Hill to be questioned by the House Oversight Committee about the allegations.
The committee’s chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), grilled Leonhart about her claims that she was unable to fire any of the agents involved due to the bureaucracy of the agency, repeatedly calling it an “embarrassment.”
“This person is imposing a national security risk, engaging in behavior that is just — it’s embarrassing that we have to talk about this,” Chaffetz said. “It’s an embarrassment that you don’t fire that person. It’s an embarrassment that you don’t revoke his security clearance.”
Leonhart maintained that under the law, she does not have the power to fire anyone nor revoke someone’s security clearance: “I am not in the process for investigating, proposing, or handing out discipline.”
She was continuously grilled by both Republican and Democratic members on the committee. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) called for an independent review that holds accountable the agents responsible for misconduct.
Watch the video below, via CNN:
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