Oliver Willis

Bernard Kerik, Rudy Giuliani’s Character Witness

Once again, this is the man who Rudy Giuliani appointed to secure and protect the people of New York – the largest city in the country – and who he recommended to be in charge of Homeland Security for the entire country.

Federal prosecutors have told Bernard B. Kerik, whose nomination as homeland security secretary in 2004 ended in scandal, that he is likely to be charged with several felonies, including tax evasion and conspiracy to commit wiretapping.

Kerik’s indictment could set the stage for a courtroom battle that would draw attention to Kerik’s extensive business and political dealings with former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who personally recommended him to President Bush for the Cabinet. Giuliani, the front-runner for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination according to most polls, later called the recommendation a mistake.