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Is the Secret Service targeting Jason Chaffetz?

Is the Secret Service targeting Jason Chaffetz?

It’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you.

Fact: the Secret Service’s reputation is circling the drain. Between fence jumpers, shots fired, and agents driving through active bomb investigations, House committee have been working overtime in an attempt to put out a dumpster fire that has been raging for years.

As for the Secret Service, they seem to be less concerned with fixing their image, and making sure their critics keep their mouths shut as scandals unfold.

The Washington Post is reporting that oversight committee staffers have asked the White House to investigate claims that officials at the Secret Service have been circulating documents showing that Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) was once rejected for a job as a Secret Service agent.

The matter has been referred to DHS for a thorough review—but the fact that we’re talking about it right now may be the end goal of whomever chose to release the information.

The Daily Beast spoke to Chaffetz about his application, trying to figure out if the Congressman’s investigations are grudge-fueled:

“It was because I was too old,” the Utah Republican told The Daily Beast. “I’m not sure [of the reason]…that’s more than a decade ago.”

The Secret Service now requires that applicants be between the ages of 21 and 37 at the time of appointment. Chaffetz said he was unsure whether he had applied in 2002 or 2003. He would have been 36 in 2003.

Asked whether he harbored any ill will at being rejected from the agency, he replied, “That’s pretty funny, no.” He pointed out that his grandfather had been a law enforcement agent.

The Washington Post went digging when the story first broke, and the response they received from the Secret Service and DHS was wholly unsatisfying:

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, who oversees the Secret Service, told The Washington Post in a telephone interview late Thursday that the complaints should be “fully investigated.”

“If and to the extent the matters reflected in this report are accurate, then the United States Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security owe the member of Congress an apology,” Johnson said. He added: “If true, those responsible should be held accountable.”

Johnson and Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy each called Chaffetz late Thursday night to personally apologize for the release of details of his Secret Service application and committed to helping find out how it happened and who was involved.

Chaffetz has been one of the agency’s most outspoken critics. Check out this clip from late last year, where he rips officials a new one over their response to the White House fence-jumper.

A bullet point list of abject failures. Ouch.

Confession time: my tinfoil hat is secured firmly to my head over this one. Before Benghazi, and the trail of bloody footprints that ensued, I was usually the first person to reject conspiracy theories—no matter how mild the subject matter.

Something about this Administration has changed that. I’ve found myself reading stories about scandals like the one currently being foisted on Chaffetz’s shoulders and thinking not, “Oh, #ThisTown…” but, “holy s**t, they’re trying to destroy this man.”

The Obama Administration will go down as one of the most deliberately malicious in history, but marring that black legacy will be instances such as this one if proven true: malice tainted with an air of desperation that only a spiraling leader could inspire in his troops.

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“It’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you.”

It’s also not “paranoia” if you have an arrogant thug like Jeh Johnson personally apologizing.

What it IS is a grocery-sack sized bag of flaming dog dooo on the White House porch.

“Ding-dong”….

    Additionally, even if you are paranoid:

    “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you”
    ― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Can’t wait to see what rube gets appointed as fall guy.

Oh, sure, this will be thoroughly investigated…..about ten years from now, nor NOT.

Henry Hawkins | April 3, 2015 at 7:58 pm

“The Obama Administration will go down as one of the most deliberately malicious in history, but marring that black legacy…”

LOL.

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The GOP congressional leadership, despite being handed a landslide in the 2014 midterms and control of both houses, has done little since – except to helpfully outline for the opposition all the points where they will cave to Obama and the Democrats. The Dems play dirty, of course. So, you assign a WH staffer to organize an effort to collect dirt (dirt in their estimation) on GOP-ers and fire shots across bows to see who else they can soften up for caving. What or who will stop you? The GOP? LOL. You ARE the GOP, getting bitch-slapped daily.

I don’t blame the Iranians for all the cat-calling and remonstrations against Obama and Kerry over the nuclear non-deal non-negotiations because Obama and Kerry ask for it with their naivete-guided ineptitudes and lies to Americans. In the same sort of vein, I don’t blame Obama or the Democrats one bit when they play dirty with the GOP congressional members because the GOP leadership, by virtue of their total unwillingness to stand and fight for anything, are begging for abuse. There’s been just one cave after another, again and again, and it appears the GOP leadership feels each cave, at last, will be the cave that ends all caves. You play things chickenshit like that, you deserve to get poked and bullied, and then you get poked and bullied.

I’ve come to the conclusion they really don’t care about us, just saving their cushy little jobs in that swamp known as D.C.. I have never really hated people before but I feel the stirrings of it in my heart every time I see Boehner’s face.

Himmler was no bigger thug than the Obama Administration’s henchmen; he just had fewer constraints on his power.

The Left always attempts to silence dissent first, because when their programs inevitably fail, there will be no complaints.

Totalitarianism is closer than you think. No one expects it to come so quickly, so powerfully, but it does. Iron-fisted and jack-booted, it takes over before people realizing it is trying.

Obama would be happy to be the President For Life. The vacays and the meal plan is awesome. And less is stopping him than we believe.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Estragon. | April 4, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Please note these strong sounding words come from a fellow who so staunchly defends the establishment GOP, that he calls commenters who disagree all manner of ugly names.

    Having said all these wonderful, strong sounding words, what exactly has your establishment GOP done to oppose Obama? Nothing. Theirs and your words are empty, meaningless, chaff for donors and sycophants.

    Welcome to the ‘fever swamps’.

Trey Gowdy and Jason Chavetz are tea party favorites , not establishment republicans.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to dunce1239. | April 4, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Exactly, and the Obama administration will find willing but covert allies against them with the establishment GOP.

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