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Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who's investigating a string of Secret Service mishaps, once applied to work for the agency. He says he was rejected because of his age.
The Daily Beast talked to Chaffetz, R-Utah, about the application process. He said he decided to apply after the Sept. 11 attacks and filed the application in either 2002 or 2003. He said he received a rejection letter because he had aged out. The Secret Service requires that applicants be between 21 and 37 years old. In 2003, Chaffetz would have been 36. He said he also "might have" applied at the FBI.
The Daily Beast reporter asked him if he harbored any ill will because of the rejection. Chaffetz replied: "That's pretty funny no."
Chaffetz, who is the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has been a prominent critic of the Secret Service after a fence jumper made it into the White House last year and in March when two agents drove into a White House barricade right next to an investigation of a suspicious package that colleagues thought could be a bomb.