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 members that was obtained by the Washington Post and the New York Times.
Rosenberg, who said he would cheer on his staff from the sidelines, was “convinced that President Trump had little respect for the law,” according law enforcement officials who spoke to the Times.
Rosenberg notably spoke out against Trump after the president appeared to endorse police brutality during a speech in July, when he told cops not to be “too nice” when placing suspects in “paddywagons”.
“We have an obligation to speak out when something is wrong,” Rosenberg wrote in an email to members of the DEA at the time.
Rosenberg, who remains a close associate to former FBI director James Comey after serving as his chief of staff, reportedly told Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein he did not want to continue serving in the DEA in late July.
It remains unclear who will replace him, although sources told the Post that Col. Joseph R. Fuentes, the head of New Jersey State Police, was being considered for the role.
The new head of the DEA will be faced with the opioid crisis and marijuana enforcement, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a hard line against.