Republican Culture of Corruption: Guiliani Set to Carry on Proud Tradition

And he’™s getting a head start. Seems Bush’™s failed nominee in 2004 for Homeland Security, Bernard Kerik, is going to be indicted. Kerik came to Bush’™s attention through the recommendation of Guiliani. It isn’™t a casual friendship, or anything. Guiliani and Kerik were partners in the big security firm they started [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

And he’™s getting a head start. Seems Bush’™s failed nominee in 2004 for Homeland Security, Bernard Kerik, is going to be indicted. Kerik came to Bush’™s attention through the recommendation of Guiliani. It isn’™t a casual friendship, or anything. Guiliani and Kerik were partners in the big security firm they started after Guiliani left office.

During a recent meeting, federal prosecutors told Kerik’™s attorneys that they are preparing to charge Kerik with filing false information to the government when Bush nominated him to the Cabinet, according to the legal sources.

Prosecutors are also prepared to charge Kerik with violating federal tax laws, alleging that he did not declare on his tax returns gifts he received while serving as New York’™s corrections commissioner, including costly renovations to an apartment he had bought, the sources said. The FBI is investigating loans Kerik received while he was in private business with Giuliani, the sources said, as well as information Kerik had omitted from a mortgage application.

Kerik turned down last month an offer to plead guilty to federal charges that would have required him to serve prison time. His attorney, Kenneth Breen, said in an interview that his client had done nothing wrong.

‘œHe’™s not going to plead to something that he didn’™t do,’ Breen said.

The case against Kerik that federal prosecutors are preparing could generate uncomfortable political attention for Giuliani because it focuses on Kerik’™s activities while the two men were in government together and were jointly running Giuliani-Kerik, which was paid millions of dollars for advising upstart companies, doing federal work and consulting with clients overseas.

Here’™s one more instance when Mr. Guiliani didn’™t get that divorce soon enough. I guess Mr. Kerik won’™t be taking a cabinet appointment in any future Guilinai Administration. Neither will his latest wife.

Saturday, March 31st, 2007 by Richard Blair |

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