Washington (AFP) – The acting chief of the US Drug Enforcement Administration, who has been critical of US President Donald Trump, is stepping down at the end of the week, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Chuck Rosenberg, who was known to be close to fired former FBI director James Comey, has resigned “effective October 1,” spokeswoman Katherine Pfaff told AFP.
Rosenberg is a holdover from former president Barack Obama’s administration, and Trump had been expected to name his own person to head the agency.
But Rosenberg, a former prosecutor who has led the DEA on an interim basis since 2015, had also been at odds with the president.
After Trump publicly suggested in July that the police not treat suspects with kid gloves, Rosenberg sent an internal email to DEA colleagues criticizing the president as having “condoned police misconduct.”
“We have an obligation to speak out when something is wrong,” Rosenberg said.