By Keith Laing - 07/15/11 09:40 PM EDT
In statement released late Friday by his congressional office, Chaffetz agreed.
"This allegation is false. I did not disclose any information that was in violation of federal law," said Chaffetz, who is contemplating a primary challenge to Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Froman: Too early to start trade talks with the UK Bacteria found ahead of Olympics underscores need for congressional action for new antibiotics MORE (R-Utah).
Chaffetz said he notified the House Committee on Ethics about the letter he received from DHS and was willing to submit to a review about the issue.
"Should the Committee be interested in discussing this matter further, I am happy to do so," he said.
In his letter to Chaffetz, DHS Deputy General Counsel Maher alleged said the release of the SSI documents prior to Tuesday's Homeland Security subcommittee meeting was "a matter of serious concern."
"The purpose of SSI is to protect the traveling public by ensuring that security information is made available to those who seek to do our country harm," he wrote to Chaffetz. "The document publicly disclosed by your subcommittee contained information about past security breaches: a topic of particular interest to our adversaries."
The issue of SSI documents has caused previous dust-ups between lawmakers and the homeland security department.