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It seems like a huge surprise to me since I thought these guys didn't even get nominated until all the dots were in order, but former New York Police Commisioner Bernard Kerik has withdrawn his name from nomination as director of Homeland Security.


What do you suspect was going on behind the scenes here? As we know, Kerik is Rudy Giuliani's right hand man, and no one has made more money off of 9-11 than Rudy...

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RE: Kerik Pisses Prez


Isn't the first thing in taking someone on politically, is to ask them, "show me all the skeleons in your closet"? As PC of NYPD, Kerik cetainly knew what was coming, he had to vet people himself.

Methinks the potential nannygate was a cover for something more sinister, like how he screwed-over the inmates on Rikers Island on their canteen when he was head of Corrections .

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RE: Kerik Pisses Prez


"Oh wait, there's more!"


From MSNBC website:

But there may have been other issues at play. Kerik, who recently made millions in the private sector, once filed for personal bankruptcy as a New York cop. And just five years ago he was in financial trouble over a condominium he owned in New Jersey. More serious trouble than anyone realized: NEWSWEEK has discovered that a New Jersey judge in 1998 had issued an arrest warrant as part of a convoluted series of lawsuits relating to unpaid bills on his condo. The magazine faxed documents, including the arrest warrant, over to the White House around 6:00 p.m. Friday, asking for comment. Neither Kerik nor the White House had any immediate response. At 8:30 p.m., Kerik had submitted his letter to the president.

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RE: Bernard Kerik Braindead?


I continue to be fascinated with this huge public travesty. Joyce Purnick really nails it here:(NYT)


The Troubles of Mr. Kerik, Ex-Nominee



Published: December 13, 2004



WHAT was Bernard Kerik thinking?


That's what most of the country must have wondered as they watched the former police commissioner implode. With his vulnerabilities so obvious, how could he allow the president to nominate him as secretary of homeland security, and how could he assume he'd be confirmed?


New Yorkers might have told their fellow citizens what he was thinking. They had seen it all before. Mr. Kerik was acting as a graduate of the willful Giuliani administration, which ruled New York pretty much as it wanted to.


Most of America knows the heroic Rudolph W. Giuliani, celebrated for his masterful leadership after Sept. 11. But before the terrorist attacks, Mr. Giuliani's popularity had dropped at home. Even fans had tired of his aggressive style.


On the premise that it took tough leadership to tame New York, the former mayor conducted himself with unapologetic hubris, surrounding himself with a deferential inner circle - including Bernard B. Kerik as commissioner of correction and then commissioner of the police.


The insular Giuliani team could be secretive, could play loose with people's rights and would even violate the law, attracting lawsuits that City Hall usually lost.


If the Giuliani administration wanted to keep public information from civic groups, elected officials or news organizations, it did. If Mr. Giuliani wanted to release the sealed juvenile records of an unarmed man killed by a police detective, he did. If he wanted to give a government job to a political ally's unqualified son (later indicted for defrauding the city), he did.


The tough-guy approach no doubt played a role in controlling the city that once seemed ungovernable, but by the end of the Giuliani years, it had more than begun to pall. Not, however, with such loyal Giuliani adherents as Mr. Kerik.


Mr. Kerik had been with Mr. Giuliani for years, starting as a chauffeur in the 1993 mayoral campaign. Anyone who worked with him will tell you that Mr. Kerik, too, pretty much did as he wished.


So it is not surprising that he used police officers to do research for his memoir, incurring a $2,500 fine from the city's Conflicts of Interest Board. Or that he sent homicide investigators to question and fingerprint several Fox News employees because his publisher, Judith Regan, had apparently suspected them of stealing her cellphone and necklace.


So many questions have been raised about Mr. Kerik and are still being investigated by news organizations that it is hard to believe that only the nanny issue is what scuttled his nomination, as he contends. Or that he did not know until last week that he had employed a nanny who might not be a legal immigrant and had not paid taxes on her behalf.


Let's say, for argument's sake, he just conveniently found out about her. Did he forget all the other matters likely to reach Senate and White House ears?


Did he not know of the awkward stories circulating about his romantic life, including one relationship in the Correction Department that figures in a civil lawsuit?


Did Mr. Kerik really assume he wouldn't be at least a bit tarnished by reports that in 1998 he was facing lawsuits and an arrest warrant for unpaid condominium fees (since paid, Mr. Kerik has said)? Did he dismiss the doubts about the job he did training police officers in Iraq last year?


WASN'T he worried that news reports had stirred qualms about the enormous profit he made from serving on the board of a stun-gun manufacturer, Taser International? Did he think the Senate would ignore the propriety of Taser pushing for business with markets regulated or controlled by federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security?


What about the news accounts that Mr. Kerik, as both correction and police commissioner, accepted and never reported gifts from people whose companies did business with the city? And what about his putting in a word with a city agency on behalf of a construction company with a possible relationship to organized crime - a company that employed his best man and his brother.


Obviously, there's a great deal to suggest that Mr. Kerik was, at the least, not headed for a smooth path to confirmation. Could it be he didn't realize that?


The guess here is that he knew all about the serious flaws in his background. But remember, he is accustomed to working in a climate that celebrated audacity and protected insiders. He must have thought that, as in his City Hall days, he was still immune.

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Go Bernie! Go Bernie!


(12-13) 17:15 PST NEW YORK (AP) --


Bernard Kerik's nanny problem might have proved the least of his troubles if he had pressed ahead with his bid to become homeland security secretary.


The past few days have seen news reports about a rash of possible personal and professional improprieties on the part of the former New York City police commissioner, including big stock-option windfalls, connections with people suspected of doing business with the mob and, on Monday, allegations he had simultaneous extramarital affairs with two women.

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RE: Bernard Kerik Braindead?


The more that comes to light about this guy, the more scuzzy he appears to be. How did the Administration think that he would be a suitable candidate for the post of Homeland Security? Tom Ridge, apart from anything else, always struck me as a class act. This guy is totally classless and more akin to the type of individuals he was supposed to pursue as Commissioner of Police. It also brings back all the reservations one had about Guiliani before 9/11. I think this exemplifies how distorted things have become in the wake of the so-called "war on terrorism". x(

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RE: Bernard Kerik Braindead?


Giuliani must be kicking himself pretty hard now because this reflects bad judgment on his part in hiring Kerik in the first place, not to mention having him work for Rudy now. I think Mr. keril will soon be leaving the employ of Giuliani Partners!

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RE: Bernard Kerik Braindead?


>Giuliani must be kicking himself pretty hard now because this

>reflects bad judgment on his part in hiring Kerik in the first

>place, not to mention having him work for Rudy now. I think

>Mr. keril will soon be leaving the employ of Giuliani



As a non-New Yorker, but frequent visitor to New York during the Giuliani era, I doubt it. Rudy Giuliani seemed to pretty much operate with impunity. Frankly, I don't see him beating himself up over much of anything.



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RE: More Errors...


It gets worse, Lucky. They are now reporting that the affairs took place in an apartment overlooking Ground Zero. The apartment was donated so tired firemen and policemen could have a place to "crash" during their long hours in the aftermath of 9/11. Don't think it was ever expected to be his personal love nest. x(


There are also reports of his "close ties" to mafia figures. Reading between the lines, I find that rather alarming.


My initial concern when he was first named was his reputation as a bully. Quite frankly, I think we're better off without him in that position.

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RE: Who's Your Nanny??


Who‘s your nanny? On a day when criticism suggested that another of President Bush‘s cabinet nominees may be in for a rough ride. That nominee who fell all the way off the rollercoaster today again bounced back up into view, like the ducks at a county fair shooting gallery.


Our No. 5 story on the COUNTDOWN, Bernard Kerik again, this time the nanny whose tax history and immigration status were supposedly the only reasons the administration soured on him. “The New York Times” reporting that amid the cascade of ugly truths from the past of the former homeland security secretary designate, almost nothing has been learned of the nanny. Maybe we should call that the alleged nanny. There seems to be reason to question whether or not she really exists.


“The Times” quotes a neighbor of the Keriks in New Jersey as saying that until a few weeks ago, she would periodically see a young olive-skinned woman playing ball in the backyard with the Kerik children. But the witness told the paper she only believed that the woman she saw was the nanny. They never actually met. The witness somehow did know, however, that the ball-playing woman did not drive an automobile.


Meanwhile, said a neighbor of Kerik‘s mother-in-law, “they never came around here with a nanny, I never saw any nanny. This is the first time I heard about a nanny.” “The Times” even reports that, quote, “Mr. Kerik was told that skeptics in city government circles were questioning the very existence of the nanny, and he was pressed to provide any kind of evidence to document that she was real.” But after taking the time to consider the request, Mr. Kerik again decided to remain silent on the subject.


Maybe he had a nanny, maybe he don‘t. Maybe he has a strong legal advocate, maybe he don‘t. Someone who could media appearances on his behalf to contain the damage, if not completely sweep away any of the hints of impropriety. A lawyer like Joseph Tacopina, a familiar face here at MSNBC, who could respond, should say, Katie Couric ask if Mr. Kerik has done anything illegal or unethical.



KATIE COURIC, NBC NEWS: Are you saying that Bernard Kerik did nothing illegal or unethical in terms of all these allegations?


JOSEPH TACOPINA, ATTORNEY: He absolutely did nothing illegal. That is without question.


COURIC: And unethical?


TACOPINA: You know, unethical, I mean, there are certain questions out there as to what was right and what wasn‘t right, and I think we‘ll leave that to, you know, others to determine whether he did everything ethically or not.

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RE: Bernard Kerik Braindead?


During the Republican convention, Mr. Bush said, "I wake up every morning thinking about how to better protect our country." Try squaring that with the Bernard Kerik fiasco, in which the administration's background check of its candidate for the nation's ultimate domestic security post was handled with the same calamitous incompetence as the intelligence effort that led to the war in Iraq.


Mr. Bush's pick (at Rudy Giuliani's urging) for homeland security secretary turned out to be a slick character who had once ducked a required F.B.I. clearance, had a social relationship with the owner of a company suspected of business ties to organized crime figures and had rented a love nest that overlooked the ruins of the World Trade Center.

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Kerik is still making the news:


Ex-New York City Official Accused of Abusing His Position

New York Times





Published: November 16, 2005

New Jersey officials said yesterday that Bernard B. Kerik abused his position as New York City correction commissioner in the late 1990's by accepting tens of thousands of dollars from a construction company that he was helping to pursue business with the city. They say the company has long had ties to organized crime.


The accusations against Mr. Kerik, who had to withdraw his nomination as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security last year, are in court papers filed by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.


The agency is seeking to keep the construction company, Interstate Industrial Corporation, from doing work on Atlantic City casinos and became interested in Mr. Kerik's role with the company when the ties were disclosed after his nomination failed.


The agency officials said yesterday that Interstate paid another contractor for renovations worth more than $200,000 made to Mr. Kerik's apartment in the Riverdale section of the Bronx in 1999 and 2000, a time when Mr. Kerik was short of cash. The officials also said Interstate gave Mr. Kerik's brother, Donald, an $85,000-a-year job at the same time that Mr. Kerik was using his influence within New York City government to help the company win a license to operate on Staten Island.


Some of the details of Mr. Kerik's dealings with Interstate and its owners, Frank and Peter DiTommaso, became public late in 2004 after President Bush nominated him as homeland security secretary. Mr. Kerik withdrew his name, citing possible tax problems involving his family's nanny.


After his service as correction commissioner in the 90's, Mr. Kerik served as police commissioner in 2000 and 2001 under his friend and longtime ally, Rudolph W. Giuliani.


Yesterday, Mr. Kerik, who is now a consultant to the government of Jordan, could not be reached for comment. Joseph Tacopina, a lawyer for Mr. Kerik, said Mr. Kerik was not aware that Interstate had paid for the work done on the Bronx apartment, and that he doubted that the work was as expensive as the officials said.


Frank DiTommaso has long rejected investigators' claims that he and his brother and their companies have ties to organized crime. In a brief telephone interview, he said yesterday that they had not underwritten the renovations on Mr. Kerik's apartment and denied that he had sought to improperly influence the licensing process in New York. His lawyer, Thomas E. Durkin Jr., said a review of the agency's own evidence would show that his client had no mob ties.


The gambling agency officials in New Jersey have no authority to bring criminal charges against Mr. Kerik, but the Bronx district attorney and the city's Department of Investigation are also investigating Mr. Kerik's ties to the builder.


Stephen Reed, a spokesman for the Bronx prosecutor's office, said of the New Jersey accusation: "There are allegations with respect to work on the apartment. It is not anything new. At the time, we said it was an open investigation, and it is still continuing."


The agency's accusations, though, were clearly laid out in papers they filed with the Casino Control Commission in Trenton as part of its continuing effort to persuade the commission to revoke Interstate's license in the state.


"By directly and indirectly conferring money or other things of value on Kerik during a period in which Kerik was a high-ranking public official of New York City and was in a position to - and did - provide assistance to Interstate, the DiTommasos and Interstate attempted to influence Kerik in the performance or violation of his official duties," the papers said.


During the agency's investigation, Mr. Kerik invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination eight times, refusing to respond to a number of questions and requests for documents, citing the New York City investigations and his lawyer's advice, according to the court papers.


Among the questions he would not answer was whether Frank DiTommaso ever gave him money or anything of value on behalf of Interstate or whether Mr. DiTommaso ever asked him to take any action on behalf of Interstate, the court papers said.


The agency's court filings, however, indicate that Mr. Kerik took several actions to aid the company and that the agency considered the company's reputed connections to organized crime - allegedly employing mob figures and doing business with trucking companies owned by mob figures - to be serious enough for the agency to try unsuccessfully for years to ban the builder from casino work.


The court papers say that in July 1999, Mr. Kerik met with Raymond V. Casey, then a high-ranking official at the city's Trade Waste Commission, which Interstate was petitioning for a waste transfer station license, and vouched for one of the company's new employees, Larry Ray, who had been best man at Mr. Kerik's wedding.


Mr. Kerik later arranged a meeting in his Correction Department office between Mr. Ray and investigators working for Mr. Casey.


Mr. Casey, who said last year that Mr. Kerik had never tried to improperly influence him or his investigators, would not comment yesterday.


The agency's accusations about Mr. Kerik are, at minimum, the latest difficulty for a man praised by Mr. Giuliani as one of the most capable law enforcement experts in the country.


Mr. Giuliani, who had accepted part of the blame for Mr. Kerik's embarrassing withdrawal as the Homeland Security nominee, has stuck by Mr. Kerik publicly in the months since, although they have ended their business partnership.


Yesterday, Mr. Giuliani, who is considering running for president in 2008, repeated his support. He said through a spokeswoman that the accusations in the court papers submitted by the gambling agency, a part of the New Jersey state attorney general's office, were "hypothetical."


The spokeswoman, Sunny Mindel, when asked if Mr. Giuliani had known about the accusations before Mr. Kerik's appointment as police commissioner in 2000, said, "He did not know."


Thomas Auriemma, the director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement, said his agency's accusations that Interstate paid for more than $200,000 in work were based on business and bank records and sworn testimony from the principals of Woods Restoration, the subcontractor that did the work. The company did not return several telephone calls seeking comment yesterday.

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>Yesterday, Mr. Kerik, who is now a consultant to the

>government of Jordan, could not be reached for comment. Joseph

>Tacopina, a lawyer for Mr. Kerik, said Mr. Kerik was not aware

>that Interstate had paid for the work done on the Bronx

>apartment, and that he doubted that the work was as expensive

>as the officials said.


So who did he think paid for them? He obviously didn't write the check himself!


>During the agency's investigation, Mr. Kerik invoked his Fifth

>Amendment right against self-incrimination eight times,

>refusing to respond to a number of questions and requests for



No doubt the action of an innocent man.



>The agency's accusations about Mr. Kerik are, at minimum, th>latest difficulty for a man praised by Mr. Giuliani as one of

>the most capable law enforcement experts in the country.

>Mr. Giuliani, who had accepted part of the blame for Mr.

>Kerik's embarrassing withdrawal as the Homeland Security

>nominee, has stuck by Mr. Kerik publicly in the months since,

>although they have ended their business partnership.


>Yesterday, Mr. Giuliani, who is considering running for

>president in 2008, repeated his support. He said through a

>spokeswoman that the accusations in the court papers submitted

>by the gambling agency, a part of the New Jersey state

>attorney general's office, were "hypothetical."



So here we go again - Giuliani tells Bush to give him one of the most important jobs in the US and Bush goes right ahead and proposes it.

Where was the FBI when all this was going down?


Wouldn't that be a hoot - the Director of Homeland Security in bed with the mob. Three more years to go - do you think you'll really survive them unscathed?

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