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"Listen, Jason is a Mormon from Utah," Gowdy said in a speech in his home state. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., argued Monday that it made no sense at all for government officials to leak Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s federal personnel files, because there’s absolutely nothing to see in them.

“Listen, Jason is a Mormon from Utah,” Gowdy said in a speech in his home state. “If you think you’re going to find something interesting in his personnel file, you have lost your mind.”

“You are better off, seriously, reading the dictionary for enjoyment than you are reading his personnel file. There’s nothing there,” he said. “But it’s none of government’s business.”

A few dozen federal employees saw Chaffetz’s old application to work at the Secret Service, when Chaffetz was conducting oversight of the agency in Congress.

Gowdy said people shouldn’t be afraid of applying for work in the government and having their personal information distributed years later.

“It’s nobody’s business whether or not you applied with a federal agency,” he said. “You should not live in fear that the government is going to, 20 years later, try to embarrass you because you wanted to serve in some capacity or another and were rejected.”

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