Justice Department Names Robert Patterson New Acting Head of the DEA – News

Just days after Chuck Rosenberg’s resignation as the leader of the DEA, the U.S. Justice Department has announced that it will temporarily fill his shoes with Robert Patterson, according to Reuters.

Patterson is no stranger to the inner workings of the DEA. In 2016, he was appointed as principal deputy administrator, a role that made him responsible for a wide range of duties throughout the agency. He is said to have landed that position after serving a year as the DEA’s chief inspector.

It was revealed last week that Chuck Rosenberg, former, acting head of the DEA, was stepping down from his post due to his concern for President Trump’s inability to respect the law.

Some reports anticipated that Rosenberg was on the verge of calling it quits after the president gave a speech over the summer urging police to be violent with criminal suspects. Others suggested that Rosenberg was on his way out because the Justice Deparment was preventing the agency from making promised advancements, like expanding the number of marijuana production sites beyond the University of Mississippi.

“This will be the third time I’ve left the Department of Justice,” Rosenberg said

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