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Former Trump DHS official Ken Cuccinelli meets with Jan. 6 committee

In recent weeks, the committee has ramped up its pressure on key Trump allies and former administration officials.
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Ken Cuccinelli, senior official performing the duties of the Deputy Homeland Security Secretary, testifies at a hearing on Capitol Hill on Sept. 24, 2020.Joshua Roberts / Pool via Getty Images file

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot interviewed former Homeland Security official Ken Cuccinelli last week, a representative for Cuccinelli confirmed to NBC News on Friday.

The representative said Cuccinelli, a DHS official during the Trump administration, was asked about the events of Jan. 6 and the agency's preparations for that day. He was also asked about his interactions with former President Donald Trump and ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows during an interview that lasted four-and-a-half hours, the representative said.

Cuccinelli toured the Capitol on the night of Jan. 6 to survey the damage after rioters left the building.

CNN first reported Cuccinelli's interactions with the House committee.

Cuccinelli, a former attorney general for Virginia, was a key fixture in the Trump administration, advancing some of the former president's hardline immigration policies.

In a 400-page report released in October by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Trump was said to have floated the idea of appointing Cuccinelli as a special counsel to investigate claims of election fraud.

In recent weeks, the Jan. 6 committee has ramped up its pressure on key Trump allies and former administration officials. The House voted this week to refer Meadows to the Justice Department for a potential criminal charge over his refusal to answer questions about the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.