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Giuliani's Pal Kerik May Rot in Prison

kerik_bush-1.jpgGiuliani's pal former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik pleaded not guilty Friday to federal corruption charges that carry a maximum sentence of 142 years.

The feds appear to have him nailed. Just another slimy, sleazeball Republican willing to look you squarely in the eye and lie to you, but what's notable is the extent to which Giuliani facilitated all of this.

The New York Daily News lays it all out:

Bernard Kerik lied, schemed and sold out the city - all under the nose of his mentor and pal, presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.[...]

In meticulous detail, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia assembled count after count painting Kerik as a money-grubbing liar who tried to cover his tracks.

The indictment says the misdeeds took place as Giuliani promoted his former driver to the top levels of his administration, from running city prisons to heading the largest police force in America.

Yesterday, Kerik, 52, stood ramrod straight in a white shirt, red tie and navy blue jacket to declare "not guilty, your honor" in court, moments before being freed on a $500,000 bail bond backed up by his New Jersey mansion.

I hope this fat-cat Republican slob rots in prison.

And catch this - just like his mentor Giuliani, Kerik is quick to wave the flag and invoke "9/11!" -- doing so here in the hopes of bilking Republican sheep into donating money for his defense

Outside, he could not resist bringing up Sept. 11: "The worst challenges until this time were my challenges during and after 9/11. This is a battle I'm going to fight." [...] Now Kerik is looking for donations through his Web site to pay his legal bills.

kerik_giuliani-1.jpgKerik had Giuliani's help all along the way:

The indictment starts in 1998, after Giuliani made Kerik correction commissioner, continues through 2000, when he named him police commissioner, and ends in 2006, after Giuliani's recommendation that Kerik run the Homeland Security Department imploded.

Prosecutors painted these broad strokes:

Theft of services: Prosecutors say Kerik tried to convince city investigators that a New Jersey contractor secretly renovating his Bronx apartment had no mob ties.

The lobbying began at a July1999 meeting at Walker's bar in Tribeca, when he was correction commissioner.

The city investigator, Giuliani's cousin, Ray Casey, said later he had no clue the contractor he was probing picked up the tab for renovating Kerik's Riverdale co-op. The payments continued after Kerik became top cop.

Later, Kerik "caused witnesses to make false statements" to investigators, the indictment charges. Kerik pleaded guilty to minor state charges of not reporting the payments on city financial disclosure forms.

While he was still police commissioner, Kerik began lining up business deals and got a free upper East Side apartment for it, prosecutors say.

In October 2001, Police Commissioner Kerik approached developer Steve Witkoff, with whom he "anticipated doing business."

Kerik "requested his assistance in locating an apartment." The developer found Kerik a luxury apartment and made rent payments of $9,650 a month.

The indictment says the developer paid rent totaling $236,269 for Kerik from December 2001 - a month before he left city employment - through December 2003.

Tax fraud: Throughout his rise in the Giuliani administration, Kerik repeatedly lied to the IRS. His lies included his failure to declare the apartment renovations and Witkoff's rent payments.

Prosecutors say that also was true for the $75,000 Kerik received for writing a forward to an art book on Sept. 11 heroes; the $20,000 he got from a computer software firm, and the wages he paid to an off-the-books nanny. He also claimed a bogus $80,000 charitable donation, the indictment charges.

False statements: Prosecutors say Kerik continued the masquerade after leaving the Giuliani administration.

He lied to the White House in 2002 through 2004 in applying for several federal positions, including director of Homeland Security.

Another Republican liar - Gee, I'm not surprised at that, but I am shocked at the extent to which Rudy Giuliani aided and abetted his fellow phony 9/11 hero. Amazing.

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Comments (1)

Steve Crickmore[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Can you imagine Kerik with his mob connections as head of Homeland Security? Great pick, Rudy, since he was senior vice-president of Giuliani Partners when Bush nominated him. If he ever becomes president, I can't wait for some of Giuliani's other choices...What got Kerik's nomination into trouble initially (not all this other stuff) was not having paid taxes for his illegal nanny. It always does.


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