U.S. Homeland Security Watchdog Broke Ethics Rules in Previous Job, Report Says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Homeland Stability Office Inspector Normal Joseph Cuffari, who has been embroiled in controversy about the investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, violated ethics rules in a earlier authorities career, according to a Justice Department report issued in 2013.

Cuffari was investigated by the Justice Department’s Business of Inspector General (OIG) when he served as a specific agent in the OIG’s Tucson business.

The OIG discovered Cuffari violated ethics rules by, between other things, failing to notify his supervisors about his testimony in a lawsuit brought by a federal prisoner and by referring legislation firms exactly where good friends labored to the prisoner’s household.

The report was released by Dwelling of Reps Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney and Home Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson. They have referred to as on Cuffari to recuse himself from the investigation into Mystery Provider text messages linked to the Jan. 6 probe.

Cuffari did not right away react to a request for comment on the report.

“The 2013 memo we are releasing now raises however additional thoughts about regardless of whether Mr Cuffari can complete this investigation with impartiality and integrity as Inspector Normal,” Maloney and Thompson, who also heads the Household Pick Committee investigating the Capitol attack, stated in a assertion.

Cuffari remaining the Justice Department’s Place of work of Inspector Typical in 2013 after the investigation. He was nominated by then-President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate in 2019 as the Homeland Safety Department’s inspector general.

Maloney and Thompson said in a letter previous week they had lost confidence in Cuffari following he unsuccessful to notify Congress for months that Top secret Services messages close to Jan. 6, 2021, might have been erased.

The Choose Committee subpoenaed the Mystery Support this thirty day period, looking for text messages from Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, 2021, following the Key Assistance explained info from some telephones had been missing during a technique migration that was initiated prior to the inspector general’s request.

(Reporting by Eric Beech Modifying by Robert Birsel)

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