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|Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration|
|Assumed office |
May 19, 2020
|Preceded by||Uttam Dhillon|
|Interim United States Attorney for the District of Columbia|
February 3, 2020 – May 2020
|Preceded by||Jessie Liu|
|Succeeded by||Michael R. Sherwin (acting)|
|Born||Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Education||Boston College (BA)|
Georgetown University (JD)
Timothy Shea is an American prosecutor who is Acting Administrator Drug Enforcement Administration. Formerly, the interim United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, the country's largest U.S. attorney's office. Previously, Shea was a senior counselor to U.S. Attorney General William Barr at the Department of Justice. Prior to working for Barr, Shea was a lobbyist and private corporate lawyer.
During his short tenure as U.S. attorney, Shea took the controversial step of calling for a dismissal of charges against Trump associate Michael Flynn, even though Flynn had already pleaded guilty. Shea also intervened in the criminal case against convicted Trump associate Roger Stone, recommending a lighter sentence for Stone than the career prosecutors who had worked on the case.
President Trump nominated Justin Herdman on May 18 to be the permanent successor. On May 18, 2020, it was also reported that Shea would be named the new Administrator for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.
Early life and education
Shea was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, into a family of five generations of firefighters. He studied political science and government at Boston College, graduating magna cum laude in 1982. He received his J.D. degree, graduating magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1991.
As a senior counselor, Shea advised Barr on changes at the Federal Bureau of Prisons after the death of the sex offender Jeffrey Epstein at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. Shea also worked on the Justice Department's Operation Relentless Pursuit, aimed at reducing violent crime in seven U.S. cities.
Shea was chief of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office's Public Protection Bureau from 1999 to 2001, responsible for enforcing state laws on consumer protection, elder protection, civil rights, energy, and the environment.
U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia
On May 18, 2020, Barr named Shea as the acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Trump nominated Justin Herdman to be Shea's permanent successor as U.S. Attorney, and Michael Sherwin to lead the office on an interim basis.
Roger Stone sentencing
The Mueller-related case against the political consultant and Trump advisor Roger Stone, who was found guilty of witness tampering and lying to investigators, led to a national controversy in Shea's first weeks on the job. On Feb. 11, 2020, Barr took the rare step of reducing a sentencing recommendation by four prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's office that President Donald Trump had called “very horrible and unfair". Barr told ABC News that Shea had initially signaled to him that the recommendation would be about half the time that the line prosecutors requested. Shea's name was attached to both the initial recommendation of a seven- to nine-year prison term for Stone, and Barr's version a day later that called the first version "excessive". The four line prosecutors resigned from the case, and one resigned from the Justice Department entirely.
Michael Flynn case
Shea wrote the Justice Department's motion on May 7, 2020, to dismiss the charges against Michael Flynn, the former U.S. national security advisor to Donald Trump. Flynn had pled guilty to charges of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conversations in 2016 with Russia's ambassador. Shea's motion said that the FBI agents’ questioning of Flynn "was untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn." Shea alone signed the court document — an unusual departure, as court filings are usually signed by lower-level career prosecutors, not political appointees.
Overhaul of Criminal Division
Shortly before his departure, Shea reorganized the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's office. Officials had discussed an overhaul of the unit for years, but some lawyers in the office were said to express concern because some prosecutors were moved out of the public corruption unit, which handles politically sensitive matters like the Roger Stone case.
Drug Enforcement Administration
In June 2020, Shea asked Barr to give the DEA temporary power “to enforce any federal crime committed as a result of the protests over the death of George Floyd," including the authority to conduct covert surveillance on protesters. More than 100 DEA agents assisted National Guard troops in Washington during the protests.
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