WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Homeland Security Department Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, who has been embroiled in controversy over the investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, violated ethics rules in a previous government job, according to a Justice Department report issued in 2013.

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

The report was released by House of Representatives Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney and House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson. They have called on Cuffari to recuse himself from the investigation into Secret Service text messages related to the Jan. 6 probe.

Cuffari did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

Cuffari left the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General in 2013 after the investigation. He was nominated by then-President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate in 2019 as the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general.

Maloney and Thompson said in a letter last week they had lost confidence in Cuffari after he failed to inform Congress for months that Secret Service messages around Jan. 6, 2021, might have been erased.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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