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Friday, October 12, 2007
posted by Justin Hart | 12:52 PM | permalink
Former NYC Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik is feeling the heat. This as of this morning:
Bernard Kerik's legal nightmare is about to get worse, with federal prosecutors expected to file charges against the former police commissioner that will likely include allegations of bribery, tax fraud and obstruction of justice, the Daily News has learned.

Will this have any impact on his former boss Rudy Giuliani? The Daily News thinks so:
The indictment will have direct implications for Giuliani, the sources said.

For one, another Giuliani commissioner and a top inspector general during Giuliani's years as mayor will be called as witnesses to describe the secret meeting in Tribeca.

...

Giuliani has extensive ties to Kerik, promoting him to correction commissioner, then to police commissioner. Giuliani later also hired him at his firm, Giuliani Partners, and recommended him to President Bush for the job of Homeland Security secretary.

The relationship soured in December 2004 when Kerik withdrew from consideration for the Homeland Security job and a torrent of accusations of wrongdoing poured forth.

To be fair, Rudy has handled this very well. He's admitted that the nomination was a mistake and there is no direct implication Rudy's efforts in Kerik's aleged illegalities. Still, skeletons in the closet are not pretty... but first glances can be deceiving.

Romney has had his share of associates get banged up for legal and ethical problems and I can tell you from personal experience that some of these issues are just trumped-up silliness. I don't think that Kerik is any type of victim here... but the criminal-candidate connections are usually way overplayed.
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