Setareh Derakhshesh Sieg has been reinstated as director of VOA’s Persian News Network and has been given an additional position of special assistant for program review, according to Gertz’s report.
VOA spokeswoman Bridget Serchak said Sieg was reinstated to VOA Thursday after being placed on administrative leave. “Ms. Sieg was immediately transferred to a new position as special assistant to the VOA acting director of programming and VOA director of programming review,” she said.
According to a report obtained by The Washington Times, Sieg was recommended for removal on Jan. 5 for “waste of agency/government funds” and “lack of candor” in response to the allegations.
VOA’s deputy director Beth Robbins suspended Sieg in Jan. under the Trump administration.
“This is the fox guarding the henhouse, rewarding documented corruption and mendacity. Ms. Sieg’s record of mismanagement and deception are irrefutable,” Robbins said.
Other VOA employees were terminated in Aug. 2020 for their involvement in a pro-Biden video that appealed for Muslim votes, as reported by Sara A. Carter.
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Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
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