Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has called on his department’s inspector general to “review” the role his family members have played there, tweeting Friday evening that he has been “under attack.”

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Carson allowed his middle son, Ben Carson Jr., to help organize an official listening tour in Baltimore last summer even though department lawyers warned both men that doing so risked violating federal ethics rules.

Carson Jr., who runs a private-equity firm in Maryland, and his wife, Merlynn, who owns an employment management and consulting businesses, invited to the event people with whom they had potential business dealings, one senior lawyer wrote in a memo obtained by The Post under a federal records request.

The HUD secretary tweeted Friday that given the questions about his family’s ethics, “I have openly asked for an Independent Investigation to put to rest these unfounded biases.” The tweet included a reference to a passage in the book of Exodus.

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