House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) issued the joint statement below regarding the Justice Department’s response to the House Judiciary Committee regarding misconduct at the Drug Enforcement Administration:

“Although they are late to tackling this problem, we are pleased that officials at the Justice Department share the American people’s concern about instances of misconduct at the Drug Enforcement Administration and are taking steps to address this problem. The Justice Department’s response makes clear that the DEA’s Office of Professional Responsibility failed to fully investigate the employees who engaged in sex parties funded by drug cartels and as a result, other responsible parties failed to appropriately discipline those involved. In the future, Justice Department employees who purchase sex must be fired. We will not tolerate further episodes of ‘agents gone wild.’

“Tomorrow, several government officials will testify about misbehavior in federal law enforcement, including an official from the DEA’s Office of Professional Responsibility. We need to understand what broke down in the investigation and why DEA employees were not sufficiently held accountable for their actions. The American people deserve answers from their government about this atrocious behavior and demand change to ensure such lapses in judgment don’t happen again.”

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled “Analyzing Misconduct in Federal Law Enforcement” to examine recent incidents involving misconduct by federal law enforcement agents – most notably at the United States Secret Service and Drug Enforcement Administration –  and analyze the processes in place at the agencies for addressing allegations of misconduct. Witnesses for Wednesday’s hearing are:

• The Honorable Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General, Department of Justice
• The Honorable John Roth, Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security
• Mr. Herman E. “Chuck” Whaley, Deputy Chief Inspector, Office of Professional Responsibility, Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice
• Mr. Mark Hughes, Chief Integrity Officer, United States Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security

Wednesday’s hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at http://judiciary.house.gov/. Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally-credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.