Secret Service Official Wanted to Leak Info About GOPer Investigating Them

chaffetzAn investigation released today reveals that the Secret Service’s assistant director wanted to leak information about a Republican member of Congress who was being particularly critical of them.

Jason Chaffetz, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, was pretty critical of the agency amid the big security lapses over the past year, including White House fence-jumpers.

Well, in an intra-agency email, Secret Service Assistant Director Edward Lowery said, “Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out. Just to be fair.”

Two days after that email was sent, The Daily Beast reported that Chaffetz applied for a job in the Secret Service and was rejected in 2003. And that information was held in a Secret Service database and kept private.

In the days following that report, Chaffetz demanded an investigation into whether anyone in the Secret Service distributed this information, and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson called him to personally apologize.

Secret Service Director Joe Clancy issued a statement today saying, “On behalf of the men and women of the United States Secret Service, I again apologize to Representative Chaffetz for this wholly avoidable and embarrassing misconduct. Additionally, I will continue to review policies and practices to address employee misconduct and demand the highest level of integrity of all our employees.”

Chaffetz himself also responded:

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