Chuck Rosenberg will step down as acting head of the DEA after two years on the job, according to an email he sent out to staff.
Left out of the report, however, is the fact that Rosenberg twice served as former FBI Director James Comey's chief of staff. "Ours is an honorable profession and, so, we will always act honorably".
He said he didn't believe anyone at the agency would "mistreat a defendant", but "we have an obligation to speak out when something is wrong". "You will continue to do great things".
Rosenberg had been leading the DEA in an acting capacity since 2015.
The New York Times reported that the official, Chuck Rosenberg, has become convinced Trump has little respect for the law. "Like, don't hit their head, and they just killed somebody-don't hit their head, I said, 'You can take the hand away, O.K.?'"
A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment, and a White House spokeswoman did not return a message seeking comment. Others in the running include Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders, Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner Marshall Fisher and former State Department Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Robert Charles. The Trump administration has not nominated a replacement.
"We approach the next presidential administration with a renewed sense of optimism and moral superiority that justice will prevail", Fuentes said in a statement in January.