Drug Enforcement Agency Administrator Michele Leonhart told the House Oversight Committee that she cannot fire or discipline agents for participating in sex parties with prostitutes while working in Colombia. Representative Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., asked Leonhart what punishment she has recommended for misbehavior in the past.
Under Civil Service law I cannot recommend a penalty, I can’t intervene in the disciplinary process. I can’t even make a recommendation.
Mr. Gowdy inquired if Ms. Leonhart has any actual authority over these DEA agents.
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Honestly, what power do you have? You have to work with agents over whom you can’t discipline and have no control and you have no control over the security clearance. What the hell do you get to do?
Representative Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., compared flirting with a co-worker versus engaging in sex with a cartel-supplied prostitute.
If I flirt with a co-worker in the office and that constitutes sexual harassment. I can be fired. But I can take an underage hooker from a cartel I’m investigating, and you can’t fire me. Is that what we’re talking about here?
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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told Mr. Mulvaney that it depends on how the employee is charged:
If you charge the offense (sexual harassment), removal is a possibility. If you charge something less… you don’t charge what actually occurred, that’s when the ability to discipline is limited.
The DEA issued letters of caution and some unpaid suspensions to the agents involved, but nobody was fired.
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