November 23, 2012
The Interior Department's Inspector General is currently conducting an investigation concerning the Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas.
While the Department has not reached any conclusions, the Assistant Secretary has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
Eileen Sobeck has been named Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas and will lead the Insular Affairs team during this period. She previously served as Interior’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
Blake Androff Deputy Director of Communications U.S. Department of the InteriorThe Saipan Tribune reported that sources said that the assistant secretary "may be on his way out of the Obama Administration" yet other sources caution that the investigation is ongoing and no conclusions have been made.
Babauta was nominated in July 2009 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in September 2009.
From the Saipan Tribune:
Deleon Guerrero said a Special Committee on Impeachment will begin preliminary work so that when the new Legislature comes in next year, they will be able to go full speed.
He said the panel will start reviewing the report prepared by the Special Committee on Impeachment he led.
Deleon Guerrero is the main author of the resolution impeaching Gov. Benigno R. Fitial for 16 allegations of corruption, neglect of duty, and felony.
The impeachment was defeated by the current majority aligned with the governor. But because most of the elected and re-elected House members advocated impeachment and clean government, they said they are going to “finish what we started in the 17th Legislature.”
Deleon Guerrero said the coalition will fulfill the mandate given them by voters: to remove the governor.