I’m shocked, shocked that this sort of petty vindictiveness is going on in the Obama Administration:
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.
Lowery, you may remember, was put in place to clean up the various scandals. Chaffetz had very publicly grilled the Secret Service on their security lapses, hooker scandals and drinking scandals. But Lowery’s response was basically “how dare you!”
Again … I’ll just stand here looking surprised.