Judge Jeanine: 'Wimp' DEA Chief Lacks Moral Compass and Backbone
With so much going on in the world, Judge Jeanine Pirro gave two opening statements on last night’s “Justice.”
In her second statement, Judge Jeanine weighed in on the scandal surrounding Drug Enforcement Administration agents engaging in sex parties with prostitutes in Colombia, calling out the lack of punishment from DEA chief Michele Leonhart.
"Why someone this incompetent would be running the Drug Enforcement Administration is lost on me," Judge Jeanine said. "This scandal not only speaks to her lack of a moral compass but also to her lack of a backbone."
"You're in law enforcement. There is a standard. And if you violate that standard there must be consequences. And if cowardly Leonhart doesn't have the guts to do it, the ability to recognize the dangers of this behavior, then not only should she be fired without a pension, but we ought to get our money back."
Watch Judge Jeanine's second opening statement above and read the full transcript below.
This week, the House Oversight Committee held hearings on something so crazy it sounds like it's ripped from the pages of a bad spy novel.
Drug Enforcement Administration agents engaging in sex parties, paid for by the very drug cartels that they were investigating. And not only were they not fired, some of them got bonuses and promotions!
Now DEA chief Michele Leonhart - testifying before that committee - says that she doesn't have the power to simply fire those agents:
“I don't recommend the sanction. I can't fire. I can't recommend a penalty.” – Leonhart on Tuesday
“You have to work with agents over whom you can't discipline and have no control and you have no control over their security clearance, what the hell do you get to do?” – Trey Gowdy
That was Congressman Trey Gowdy firing back at Leonhart over her uselessness. Stick around - Congressman Gowdy himself will be my next guest.
But back to the issue. Now the inspector general's report found the sex parties with prostitutes were funded by the local drug cartels and they took place over a period of years and that the DEA agents' weapons, computers and smart phones were "protected" by those cartels during the sex parties.
Protected by the cartels? What? Were they watching over them to make sure they'd work properly when the agents needed them in the next drug bust?
Or - more likely - were they using that time to copy files from computers, clone the cell phones and make sure weapons maybe weren't in "top working order"?
Now you would think that after the 2012 secret service hooker ho-down that, this Leonhart - clearly not a lionheart and more along the lines of Lois Lerner - would have done something about the issue, which by the way, she had long known about.
Congressman Jason Chaffetz said "look the other way" Leonhart tried to sweep it under the rug.
And the inspector general found noteworthy the fact that the DEA did not fully investigate the solicitation of prostitutes and that those investigations were closed prematurely.
No surprise, given that Leonhart says she couldn't do anything and couldn't even explain under the civil service rules what she could and couldn't do! Why someone this incompetent would be running the Drug Enforcement Administration is lost on me. This scandal not only speaks to her lack of a moral compass but also to her lack of a backbone.
Most women I know in law enforcement - especially the ones in charge - are some of the toughest broads out there. But this wimp says she can't fire, she can't discipline and she can't take away their security clearances.
But what she can do is "build on and improve." Build on and improve what? Get better quality hookers?
A real leader would know those agents are in jeopardy, that any cartel paying a prostitute to sleep with a cop is not doing it for public relations. They're doing it to get information, to stop cops from doing their job or simply to kill them.
And a leader in charge of an agency who's known about this for years and allows for the premature closing of these investigations, who really wanted to make a difference would go to congress and get the law changed.
But then again, the law didn't need to be changed. Take a look at behavior that allows for punishment up to firing
Don't you think cavorting with cartel hookers would fall under conduct unbecoming a DEA employee? Or disrespectful unprofessional conduct? Or improper association with a convicted felon or persons connected with criminal activity? Or unprofessional off duty conduct? Really?
So we had Lois Lerner at the IRS, Julia Pierson at the secret service and now Michele Leonhart at the DEA. How do these people get into these power positions?
Look, I was a DA, I ran an office. I had an assistant DA take a county car, get in an accident, leave the scene of that accident with someone he shouldn't have been with in the first place. I didn't need anybody's permission. I didn't look at the law. The behavior was unprofessional. It reflected poorly on me and my office and I fired him.
You're in law enforcement. There is a standard. And if you violate that standard there must be consequences. And if cowardly Leonhart doesn't have the guts to do it, the ability to recognize the dangers of this behavior, then not only should she be fired without a pension, but we ought to get our money back.