Six months into the Trump administration and a lot of remaining Obama appointees have been replaced. Some fairly routine, like ambassadors, the surgeon general, some US district Attorney’s US Attorneys. Some more inflammatory like an FBI Director. And many posts either remain vacant or occupied by Obama-era appointees.
Of all remaining appointees, DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg is in the strongest position to flex his unfortunate prohibitionist values on the marijuana industry. It’s pretty shocking that one of the most anti-marijuana members of federal government in Trump’s administration is left over from the Obama era.
So who is Chuck Rosenberg and what does he have planned?
Before joining the DEA, Mr. Rosenberg served as the chief of staff and senior counselor to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Comey. Before rejoining the FBI, Chuck was a partner at a Washington, D.C. law firm. Prior to that, Chuck served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. As the chief federal law enforcement officer for the district, Chuck supervised the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of all civil matters involving the federal government. From June 2005 until March 2006, Chuck served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas – one of the largest districts in the nation.
Chuck also served in several senior posts at the Department of Justice, including service as chief of staff to Deputy Attorney General Jim Comey (2004-2005), counselor to Attorney General John Ashcroft (2003 – 2004), and counsel to FBI Director Robert Mueller (2002 – 2003). From 1994 to 2000, Chuck was an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.
His educational pedigree is impressive as well and includes; a B.A. from Tufts, a M.P.P. from Harvard, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. Clearly he has the education and experience to administer the DEA.
But does he have the values?
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Source: 420 Intel – United States