- The Washington Times - Monday, July 2, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday appointed Uttam Dhillon as the new head to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Mr. Dhillon took up the role of acting administrator after Robert Patterson retired after 30 years with the agency.

“With one American dying of a drug overdose every nine minutes, there can be no doubt that we are facing the deadliest drug epidemic in our history,” Mr. Sessions said in a statement. “The work of the Drug Enforcement Administration is critical to fighting this crisis, and President Trump and I are committed to continuing to give it the strong leadership it deserves.”

Mr. Dhillon has previously worked as the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement and as an associate deputy attorney general for the Justice Department.

Mr. Dhillon also worked in the White House as deputy counsel and deputy assistant to the president.

During this time he allegedly attempted to sway Mr. Trump away from firing former FBI James Corey. According to a report from The New York Times, Mr. Dhillon informed the president he needed a reason to fire Mr. Comey and never corrected that information after a report from a junior reporter proved otherwise.

“Uttam is a dedicated public servant who has served with distinction in the White House, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, Congress, and as a career federal prosecutor taking on drug traffickers at the highest levels,” Mr. Sessions said.

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