Judge Blocks Trump Appointee From ‘Interfering’ With Voice of America

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President Donald Trump’s appointee to lead a federal agency that oversees government-funded broadcasters likely violated the Constitution by trying to guide coverage, a federal judge has ruled. District of Columbia District Judge Beryl Howell, an Obama appointee, ruled that actions by U.S. Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack likely violated the First Amendment. Howell ruled in favor of a lawsuit brought by five senior management officials at the agency, known as USAGM, and Kelu Chao, the program director for Voice of America (VOA), a government-funded broadcaster that reports U.S. news to international audiences. The five officials were placed on paid administrative leave in August because their security clearances had not been properly investigated. The plaintiffs had argued that actions by Pack and his co-defendants, who Pack appointed to senior leadership positions within the agency, violated the First Amendment and two laws. Howell agreed. “Chao and her colleagues are likely to …

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