The Arkansas Republican is calling for a criminal investigation.2:54 PM, Oct 5, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Arkansas senator Tom Cotton will place a hold on three ambassador nominations until the Obama administration agrees to investigate and discipline officials within the Secret Service over a leak of private personnel information about a sitting congressman.
Cotton plans to deliver a speech from the Senate floor Monday afternoon decrying the Secret Service and its director, Joe Clancy, after several officials accessed the information for Jason Chaffetz, the Republican congressman from Utah and chairman of the House oversight committee, which oversees the Secret Service.
In 2003, before being elected to Congress, Chaffetz applied and was rejected for a job at the agency. Shortly after the beginning of a March 2015 hearing led by Chaffetz and investigating misconduct within the agency, a Secret Service official accessed the Republican's file. Eventually, more than 40 other employees would see the file as it was circulated around the agency, and the contents of it were leaked to the press.
Clancy, a Secret Service veteran who has headed the agency since last October, intially said he did not know about his staff accessing and viewing the Chaffetz file. But the director now says he needs to revise his official account of the leak to the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security. Cotton told the Washington Post Monday Clancy's revision shows the administration needs to conduct a full criminal investigation into the leak.
“If he intentionally misled investigators, he has to be fired,” Cotton told the Post. “But even if he didn’t mislead anyone, his conduct is not what we would want or expect from the person in charge of reforming this agency.”
In his address to the Senate, Cotton will argue the executive branch should be held accountable for misdeeds and that the Obama administration should discipline the appropriate officers of the Secret Service. While the Arkansas Republican will say he is only currently objecting to three nominations—the ambassadors to the Bahamas, Sweden, and Norway—Cotton will leave the door open for holding up more nominations.
“When President Obama and Secretary Johnson take appropriate action, I will likewise take action and release these and future objections,” Cotton told the Post.
Chaffetz, who served with Cotton in the House before the latter's election to the Senate in 2014, tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD he has spoken to Cotton "a couple of times" about the Secret Service leak but did not elaborate on whether he thought the hold was appropriate.
A four-term congressman, Chaffetz is also running for House speaker in the October 29 election, taking on House majority leader Kevin McCarthy
2:29 PM, Oct 2, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Secret Service agents are famously willing to take it – as in taking a bullet for the President or anyone else for whom they are providing security. They are also, it seems, willing to dish it out. Though not quite so lethally. Just in the nasty, bureaucratic, secretive ways of Washington.
Oct 5, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 04 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
On a recent Saturday afternoon in Washington, several hundred children with cancer and their families filled Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House. They came from all over the country, and from Canada, to participate in a two-day program called CureFest for Childhood Cancer.
8:14 AM, Jul 13, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
As he has for much of his post-presidency, Bill Clinton was on the road again in June, traveling to Europe at the end of the month for various conferences and other public appearances. After a few days in London, the president popped over to Paris for a day or two to shop at Hermès, a well-known luxury boutique. Such trips, however, do not come cheap. Hotel contracts for the president's Secret Service team for the Paris leg of the trip alone came to over $48,000.
1:23 PM, Apr 12, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Secret Service scrambled this afternoon at an unidentified 4-year-old managed to climb under a White House fence.
"4 year old child climbed under temporary bike rack along PA Ave. Child was fine and was safely reunited with parents," Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told the White House pool reporter.
An earlier pool report detailed the scramble:
"Pool loaded the vans at 12:38 pm and motorcade is rolling at 12:51 pm to an undisclosed location.
7:17 AM, Apr 1, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Citing a lack of cooperation from the Secret Service, Chairman Jason Chaffetz of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform issued subpoenas for two Secret Service agents to testify to the committee about recent security breaches and other disfunction at the agency.
The road goes on forever, and the party never ends.1:05 PM, Mar 15, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Busy week for Washington and the political class it succors. So busy that a headline screaming for the attention of our leaders came and went barely leaving a footprint.
7:01 AM, Jan 22, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a couple paid speeches in Canada yesterday. She was reportedly accompanied by 65 agents of the United States Secret Service to at least one of the events.
The agents were presumably on hand to help keep the former first lady safe.
The news of Clinton's large Secret Service contigent was reported by CJME News Talk 980, a co-sponsor of the event.
Jan 26, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 19 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook was recently witness to a harmonic convergence. It began the other evening as we set out, on foot, from The Weekly Standard offices to dinner at a restaurant two blocks east of the White House. It was a cold night and, wrapped securely against the wind in overcoat, scarf, gloves, and tweed cap, The Scrapbook strode confidently across the infamous K Street, along nearby Farragut Square, and then turned left at H Street to cut through Lafayette Park.
11:24 PM, Oct 8, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig has the details of yet another damaging Obama scandal:
As nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and members of the military were punished or fired following a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that anyone from the White House was involved.
But new details drawn from government documents and interviews show that senior White House aides were given information at the time suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest in the hotel room of a presidential advance-team member — yet that information was never thoroughly investigated or publicly acknowledged.
As bad as that is, it gets much worse:
3:19 PM, Oct 1, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The director of the Secret Service has resigned, according to a press release from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson:
Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it. I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation.
Aug 4, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 44 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Last week, while Israel, Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq, and Syria burned, and the immigration crisis intensified along the Texas-Mexico border, President Obama was hard at work for two days in Los Angeles raising funds for the Democratic party.
9:25 AM, Mar 29, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A local news affiliate in Idaho reports that the Obama daughters are spending Spring Break skiing at Sun Valley: