Newsweek by Polly Mosendz 4/21/15 AT 4:45 PM
DEA administrator Michele Leonhart testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in a hearing on sexual harassment and misconduct allegations at the DEA and FBI in Washington
April 14, 2015.JAMES LAWLER DUGGAN/REUTERS
Michele Leonhart is expected to resign from the Drug Enforcement Administration this week after five years, according to several reports.
An internal report showed the DEA was spending government funds on prostitution, as well as covert apartments in which the prostitutes were hosted, according to CBS News. As a result of the report, Leonhart has come under harsh scrutiny.
Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, a Democrat, told CBS News the report “details a truly breathtaking recklessness by DEA agents.” Cummings was shocked this “egregious misconduct could have continued for so long.”
Agents who participated in this behavior were given extremely short suspensions, ranging between two and ten days. In a 2012 hearing, as reported by the New York Times, Leonhart said “all illegal drugs are bad” when asked whether she thought marijuana was less of a danger than cocaine.