This isn’t surprising. And it begs the question – What other agencies are sitting on “embarrassing information” about other members of Congress and other government officials? The FBI had files and files on Kennedy, and likely every other president since. I imagine they still have files going on lots of elected officials, likewise the NSA, the Secret Service, and who knows what other alphabet soup agencies.
But it’s one thing to have a file. (Still not cool, but let’s be real.) It’s another to leak such information to undermine the chairman of the committee which polices your agency.
Let’s see if any heads roll on this one. Given the recent track history of this administration on similar matters I won’t hold my breath.
(From The Washington Post)
An assistant director of the Secret Service urged that unflattering information the agency had in its files about a congressman critical of the service should be made public, according to a government watchdog report released Wednesday.
“Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out,” Assistant Director Edward Lowery wrote in an e-mail to a fellow director on March 31, commenting on an internal file that was being widely circulated inside the service. “Just to be fair.”
Two days later, a news Web site reported that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, had applied to be a Secret Service agent in 2003 and been rejected.
That information was part of a Chaffetz personnel file stored in a restricted Secret Service database and required by law to be kept private.