I’m writing because I’ve just learned that the DHS’s IG Joseph Cuffari has rejected calls from leading Democratic legislators to recuse himself from the investigation into the erasure of text messages that Secret Service agents exchanged during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. In so doing, he is delaying their inquiry into one of the most grievous attacks in U.S. history. It’s totally unacceptable.
It’s already deeply concerning that Cuffari and his staff knew about the missing messages for months, failed to notify Congress or the Homeland Security secretary and canceled steps to retrieve them. He absolutely cannot be a part of the investigation when he is clearly part of the cover-up.
Cuffari’s refusal is part of a pattern of resistance to these committees’ efforts to delve into complaints about his office. They said they have written to him three times since May to request documents about allegations that his office “censored findings of domestic abuse and sexual harassment” by DHS workers, his failure to promptly notify Congress about the Secret Service missing texts, and new reports that documented his “repeated failures” to recover the messages. Yet they have received no response.
Cuffari is also under an investigation being overseen by the CIGIE. There he has also reportedly refused to release records and blocked interviews with staff, delaying that inquiry, which has now lasted more than 15 months.
President Biden, Cuffari must be fired immediately. It’s abundantly clear that this Trump appointee can’t be trusted, and worse, may be a danger to you and your administration. Fire him now! Thanks.
▶ First sent on August 17, 2022 by Jess Craven