Friday, March 30, 2007

Giuliani backed Kerik despite suspected Mob ties

Testimony by Giuliani Indicates He Was Briefed on Kerik in ’00

Rudolph W. Giuliani told a grand jury that his former chief investigator remembered having briefed him on some aspects of Bernard B. Kerik’s relationship with a company suspected of ties to organized crime before Mr. Kerik’s appointment as New York City police commissioner, according to court records.

Mr. Giuliani had previously said that he had never been told of Mr. Kerik’s entanglement with the company before promoting him to the police job or later supporting his failed bid to be the nation’s homeland security secretary.
Giuliani goes on to say that he remembered "close to nothing" about the background investigation, suggesting that the city investigators didn't stress that a candidate's relationship with indicted criminals might be a problem.

This goes straight to Giuliani’s credibility on national security - which is the number one reason his voters support him.

It’s bad enough that he chose a man with Mob ties to lead the NYPD. I’d never heard that he had actually been warned about it beforehand. It’s simply unbelievable that he wouldn’t remember that. He should have either removed Kerik from contention or investigated the charge more thoroughly to exculpate him.

Kerik would’ve been Secretary of Homeland Security if Rudy had had his way. His problems were flagged so fast that the Bush administration pulled his name immediately.

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