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Trump USAGM chief Michael Pack took $19M+ from the Open Technology Fund because it would not fund the Ultrasurf software Through Epoch Times and viral videos, Falun Gong has been a huge Trump amplifier.

Former federal ethics officials are calling for an investigation of a powerhouse law firm that helped former Voice of America overseer and Steve Bannon crony Michael Pack identify and purge journalists who didn’t sing Donald Trump’s praises

NEWS: When a tech non-profit sought to stave off a takeover by then USAGM CEO Michael Pack, it consulted a big law firm on how to sue him. The law firm instead investigated the fund - its own ex-client - for Pack, as part of a lucrative, no-bid contract.

Michael Pack, former Trump appointee and CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, hoped to fire executives who challenged him last summer. When he couldn't, he paid a high-profile law firm millions to investigate them. And taxpayers footed the bill.

UPDATE: For 2nd time, U.S. Office of Special Counsel has found Trump's former CEO at US Agency for Global Media probably committed wrongdoing. Michael Pack hired McGuire Woods law firm to investigate top agency execs he wanted to fire; he paid firm $2M+ in taxpayer funds /more

Michael Pack, former head of USAGM, signed a no-bid contract with an outside law firm to investigate his own staff; the bill topped $1M in the first few months @davidfolkenflik  / NPR)

UPDATE: Executives at USAGM - the parent agency of Voice of America - suspended and investigated w intent to fire by Trump appointee Michael Pack have been reinstated by acting CEO Kelu Chao Her memo w deets here:

#Journalists and staffers accused former CEO Michael Pack of turning the broadcaster into an outlet loyal to then-US President#DonaldJTrump .

Between massive wrecks at the beginning and end of the Daytona 500, a little-known journeyman driver named Michael McDowell was able to make his way to the front of the pack and win NASCAR's version of the Super Bowl.

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Michael Pack cited security concerns for not extending J-1 visas, but a memo shows the rationale was to prioritize jobs for US citizens, which VOA does anyway @davidfolkenflik  / NPR)

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Steve Bannon's buddy Michael Pack should understand that Voice of America's programming is supposed to support freedom and democracy around the world, not act as Donald Trump's Ministry of Propaganda. That's what Fox News is for. This is corruption.

Few people know his name, but Michael Pack will go down as one of the absolute worst, most corrupt of the Trump Administration. Some Senators wondered why @SenatorMenendez  fought his nomination so hard. This is why.

UPDATE: President Biden names senior VOA news executive Keli Chao as acting CEO over its parent agency, the US Agency for Global Media. Chao had been named whistleblower in lawsuit that successfully alleged illegal acts by Michael Pack, whom she replaces

*As one of his first orders of business, President Biden asks for and receives the resignation of Michael Pack as head of the Voice of America. *Pack had effectively turned the VoA into a propaganda arm of the Trump administration.

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Michael Pack, Trump's pick over the parent agency of Voice of America, is newly accused of breaking tax laws for nonprofits, misuse of office, propaganda.... It's been quite a week. My story, for NPR:

BREAKING: US judge Beryl Howell bars USAGM CEO Michael Pack and his team from investigating or interfering with journalists at Voice of America & sister networks - a significant win for Pack's internal critics My story from earlier today (before ruling)

@maddow  right now reporting the outrageous political purge of fine journalism at @VOANews  with ouster of @abennett  by Michael Pack watch @MSNBC 

Congratulations to Michael Pack! Nobody has any idea what a big victory this is for America. Why? Because he is going to be running the VOICE OF AMERICA @VOANews ), and everything associated with it...

The heads of four organizations overseen by the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM) were all dismissed Wednesday night -- a move likely to heighten concerns that new Trump-appointed CEO Michael Pack means to turn the agency into a political arm of the administration.

Breaking: VOA director Amanda Bennett@abennett ) has resigned, per an internal memo, on the heels of Trump appointee Michael Pack taking over VOA's parent agency.

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