Last summer, an appointee of former President Donald Trump was irate because he could not simply fire top executives who had warned him that some of his plans might be illegal.
Michael Pack, who was CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media that oversees Voice of America, in August suspended those top executives. He also immediately ordered up an investigation to determine what wrongdoing the executives might have committed.
Instead of turning to inspectors general or civil servants to investigate, Pack personally signed a no-bid contract to hire a high-profile law firm with strong Republican ties. The bill — footed by taxpayers — exceeded $1 million in just the first few months of the contract.
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The former head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media—the federal agency that overseas Voice of America—spent millions of dollars hiring a law firm to dig for dirt on his colleagues, NPR reports https://t.co/oLgTlh0uI9
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 5, 2021
If you’ve been following the saga of this Bannon associate’s quest to turn federal media, including @VOANews, into nationalist propaganda outlets, this story by @davidfolkenflik is a fascinating tale of what looks like sole source contracting abuses. https://t.co/yr4k5djwA1
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) March 5, 2021