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Tom Cotton

Cotton blocks nominees after Secret Service Chaffetz probe

WASHINGTON _ Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., announced Monday he would place a hold on three ambassadorial nominations until there are consequences _ and a criminal investigation _ for Secret Service agents who allegedly accessed a congressman's private records.tmpplchld Cotton took to the Senate floor Monday afternoon to chastise the agency for, in his view, attempting to intimidate House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, as he conducted oversight of the Secret Service.tmpplchld An inspector general report revealed agents circulated Chaffetz's application to the Secret Service, which would potentially embarrass the congressman. On Monday, the inspector...