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Republican Congressman Chaffetz Slams Trump, Sessions on Transparency

Rep. Jason Chaffetz was the chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz was the chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the oversight leader of Congress with just two weeks left in office, slammed President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group

“The reality is, sadly, I don’t see much difference between the Trump administration and the Obama administration,” the chairman of the House Oversight Committee said over the weekend.

The Utah Congressman, who announced his resignation last month, said Sessions is “worse” than Obama’s attorney general, Loretta Lynch, when it comes to transparency.

“The attorney general has not changed at all. I find him to be worse than what I saw with Loretta Lynch in terms of releasing documents and making things available,” Chaffetz said. “That’s my experience, and that’s not what I expected.” 

Read the full interview here

Chaffetz to Meet with Comey Today, Pledges to Obtain Documents about Trump Conversations

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he plans to meet with former FBI Director James Comey today and will pursue any records of meetings between President Trump and Comey.

The meeting would be the first between the pair since Comey was fired on May 9 under suspicious circumstances, Bloomberg reports. 

The deposed former FBI director is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee sometime after Memorial Day on May 29.

Chaffetz is looking for documents about meetings between Comey and the president, especially after the former FBI director said he kept meticulous memos on the conversations.

“It’s important to remember nobody’s actually seen these documents,” Chaffetz said on Sunday. “There’s been an awful lot written and said about it, but I don’t even know that the Department of Justice has them. Maybe Director Comey has them. I don’t know where they reside. I don’t know if there are documents. But we’re certainly pursuing them.”

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Inspector General Slams Secret Service for IT Management Problems

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service has computer systems that are neglected and rife with bad management, according to a report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Homeland Security.

The OIG launched an investigation into the Secret Service after employees breached the computer systems and leaked personal information about Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Republican, in retaliation for investigating agents’ misconduct, the Washington Post reports.

“Despite past warnings, USSS (U.S. Secret Service) is still unable to assure us their IT systems are safe,” Chaffetz said, citing the report.

The problems went well beyond the Chaffetz case.

According to the report, the “audit uncovers a myriad of problems with Secret Service’s IT management including inadequate system security plans, systems with expired authorities to operate, inadequate access and audit controls, noncompliance with logical access requirements, inadequate privacy protections, and over-retention of records. The OIG concluded that Secret Service’s IT management was ineffective because Secret Service has historically not given it priority. The Secret Service CIO’s (Chief Information Officer) Office lacked authority, inadequate attention was given to updating IT policies, and Secret Service personnel were not given adequate training regarding IT security and privacy.”

Rep. Chaffetz Claims He Received Death Threats over Tweets about Clinton Probe

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he received death threats after tweeting about the FBI’s renewed interest in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email servers.

Chaffetz, who is chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform committee, said he has increased his security, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. 

In one of the tweets, Chaffetz mischaracterized a letter from the FBI, saying the bureau had reopened the investigation, even though it had never been closed.

“Unfortunately, I have had some death threats,” Chaffetz said. “Most people want to express their opinions in very volatile situations but you get some people who are a little too aggressive and I’ve turned those over to the authorities to deal with.”

Chaffetz declined to discuss the specific threats.

FBI Denies ‘Quid Pro Quo’ in Hillary Clinton Email Investigation

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI defended itself against claims that the bureau engaged in a “quid pro quo” arrangement with Hillary Clinton’s State Department after Rep. Jason Chaffetz raised an allegation of “potential criminality” during an interview with Fox News last week.

Chaffetz, R-Utah, said recently released documents from the FBI’s year-long investigation into Clinton’s private email server suggested an “alleged quid pro quo” between an FBI official and Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary for management for the State Department.

“In return for altering the classification, the possibility of additional slots for the FBI at missions overseas was discussed,” Chaffetz said.

But according to CBS News, the FBI said no such arrangement occurred. In a statement, the FBI said the State Department asked the bureau to “review and make classification determinations on FBI emails and information” before the agency’s investigation into the Clinton server.

“A senior State Department official requested the FBI re-review that email to determine whether it was in fact classified or whether it might be protected from release under a different FOIA exemption,” the FBI wrote. “A now-retired FBI official, who was not part of the subsequent Clinton investigation, told the State Department official that they would look into the matter.”

The FBI maintains that the official raised a separate issue about employees abroad.

“Having been previously unsuccessful in attempts to speak with the senior State official, during the same conversation, the FBI official asked the State Department official if they would address a pending, unaddressed FBI request for space for additional FBI employees assigned abroad,” the bureau said.

“The FBI official consulted with a senior FBI executive responsible for determining the classification of the material and determined the email was in fact appropriately classified at the Secret level,” they continued. “The FBI official subsequently told the senior State official that the email was appropriately classified at the Secret level and that the FBI would not change the classification of the email. The classification of the email was not changed, and it remains classified today.”

House Oversight Chairman Subpoenas FBI for Full Case File of Clinton Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

Saying he’s not messing around, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz subpoenaed the FBI Monday for the full case file of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

During the contentious meeting in which Democrats accused Republicans of trying to derail Clinton’s presidential campaign, Chaffetz said his committee is entitled to the information, Politico reports. 

“It’s ‘trust, but verify’ is how it works,” Chaffetz told FBI acting legislative affairs chief Jason Herring. “You don’t get to decide what I get to see. I get to see it all.”

When Herring said he was unsure whether he could deliver unedited investigative summaries – known as 302s – Chaffetz delivered the subpoena to the witness table where Herring was sitting.

“I’ve signed this subpoena. We want all the 302s….and you are hereby served,” Chaffetz said.

Chaffetz said the FBI doesn’t get to decide what’s relevant for the committee’s investigation.

“That’s the way a banana republic acts, not the way the United States of America acts,” he said. “I don’t expect to have to issue a subpoena to see unclassified information.”

U.S. House Committee Demands Answers After Homeland Security Lost 165 Firearms in 3 Years

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Congressional leaders are demanding answers from Homeland Security following the discovery that it lost 165 firearms in three years.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, requested Homeland Security inventory records and policies, the Daily Caller reports. 

The discovery of lost firearms, badges and cellphones was made by the news site, Compete Colorado.

The loss of the firearms “shows that the department is consistently unable to safeguard sensitive property,” the congressmen wrote.

“The fact that hundreds of badges and cell phones are missing gives rise to a variety of different security threat possibilities,” the letter said. “It is particularly troubling, however, that the department cannot account for its entire inventory of firearms.”

Between 2006 and 2008, Homeland Security lost 289 firearms, according to the DHS Office of Inspector General.

Report on Airport Security Breach is Cause for Heartburn

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The stats for our nation’s airport should be cause for major heartburn.

USA Today reports that more than 25,000 security breaches — an average of about seven per day — have occurred at U.S. airports since November 2001.

Citing newly released Department of Homeland Security documents, USA Today reported that more than 14,000 people entered “limited-access” areas by going through airport doors or passageways without permission.

Other breaches included unauthorized people going from airport buildings to planes.

The documents are to be presented at a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday, the paper reported.

“It’s clear the airports are not secure,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations said, according to USA Today. “For all the money, time and persistence we have thrown at airport security, it’s a real mess.”