Investigation: Secret Service tried to discredit US lawmaker from Utah

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, center, accompanied by the committee's ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., left, greets Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the start of the committee's hearing on how a small gyrocopter entered restricted airspace and landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol. April 29, 2015 | AP File Photo by Cliff Owen, St. George News

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — A new government report concludes that scores of Secret Service employees improperly accessed the decade-old job application of the congressman who was investigating scandals inside the agency.

In this March 19, 2015, file photo, Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management hearing to review the fiscal 2016 funding request and budget justification for the Secret Service. A new government report concludes that scores of Secret Service employees improperly accessed the decade-old job application of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who was investigating scandals inside the agency. A deputy director was caught suggesting officials leak embarrassing information to retaliate against Chaffetz. The report said the actions could represent criminal violations under the U.S. Privacy Act. | AP File Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta, St. George News
Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management hearing to review the fiscal 2016 funding request and budget justification for the Secret Service. March 19, 2015 | AP File Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta, St. George News

An assistant director was caught suggesting officials leak embarrassing information to retaliate against Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who is chairman of the House oversight committee.

The report said the actions could represent criminal violations under the U.S. Privacy Act.

Employees accessed Chaffetz’s 2003 application for a Secret Service job moments after the start of a March congressional hearing about the latest scandal involving drunken behavior by agents. Some forwarded the information to others. At least 45 employees viewed the file.

An assistant director suggested leaking the information about Chaffetz two days before The Daily Beast, an Internet publication, wrote about it.

Story by: ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

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11 Comments

  • native born new mexican September 30, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Oh WOW the federal government again! These guys are really on a roll; hiding evidence, going after congressman, spilling toxic chemicals into an entire water system and then hiding the facts from the people and states affected. They even planned the spill in the first place because of the money they could bring into their agency. I can hardly wait for the posts defending this behavior and giving goofy excuses why it is OK or did not really happen. So I am supposed to trust the feds?? ( ha ha ha)

    • fun bag September 30, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      the worst part is that you think it’s all ok when repubs do stuff like this. i bet u were quiet as a church mouse when Bush II was in power and doing things much worse than these…

      • native born new mexican October 1, 2015 at 9:29 am

        You are making some big assumptions fun bag and when you do that make mistakes. Mistake mistake mistake!

        • wilbur October 1, 2015 at 10:32 am

          Bush Derangement Syndrome is like the clap; it never goes away.

        • fun bag October 1, 2015 at 11:08 am

          LOL NM, your way of telling me I’m exactly right…

          • native born new mexican October 1, 2015 at 12:50 pm

            You know so much fun bag that even when you don’t know you insist you do know. Even when some one corrects you, you are so smart that you know better. Can you spell the Word fool? Go look in a mirror that should help you figure it out.

          • fun bag October 1, 2015 at 3:13 pm

            LOL NM now you all mad bc i state the truth. i bet if the repubs were in the white house you’d be as happy as a little clam and you’d stop whining about the feds completely… ur a hypocrite 🙂

          • mesaman October 1, 2015 at 7:32 pm

            Scumbag, you carry your stupidity on your shoulder like it was some kind of trophy or award. Desperation leads fools to commit stupid acts. Now, lets have your anti-Mormon slam for this Thursday. Ready??? “Here’s Scummy”….

  • Ladyk October 1, 2015 at 12:27 am

    What was the embarrassing secret? That he applied to work for the secret service in the first place.

  • mshaw October 1, 2015 at 7:17 am

    All in a days work at the government. They lie cheat and decive. They all do it so what’s the big surprise? Someone just got caught at it

  • .... October 1, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Just another day in the front office of the ‘American Government. ‘

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