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Former head of US Agency for Global Media hired two law firms costing $4M over five months: report

Former head of US Agency for Global Media hired two law firms costing $4M over five months: report
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The controversial former head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) reportedly hired two law firms to expensive contracts as part of his efforts to ferret out journalists and executives at the agency who harbored negative opinions of former President TrumpDonald TrumpSt. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run Chauvin found guilty as nation exhales US says Iran negotiations are 'positive' MORE.

The Washington Post reports that Michael Pack, who was ousted as head of USAGM hours after President Biden took office, hired two top Washington, D.C., law firms, McGuireWoods and Caplin & Drysdale, for a total of $4 million over a period of a few months to aid his efforts.

Representatives for the law firms did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill. 

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Among the duties performed by at least one of the firms included a review of email archives at the agency as part of a review that led to the departure of five executives at USAGM last year.

Pack's tenure at the agency ended this month under criticism from House lawmakers over his unwillingness to testify about his staffing changes at USAGM and the various media agencies under its umbrella, including Voice of America and Radio Free Europe.

The changes he sought to make at the agencies were largely undone on Sunday by his replacement, Kelu Chao, who in a press release announced a slew of replacements for Pack's appointees, including some previously ousted officials.

“I have great faith in these leaders in ensuring the highest standards of independent, objective, and professional journalism,” said Chao.