Bernard Kerik first became known nationally as the New York City Police Commissioner during and after the September 11th attacks. After a stint in George W. Bush’s cabinet, the former police officer pleaded guilty to numerous felony tax charges, spending time in prison for his crimes. Donald Trump later pardoned him.
Kerik remained in Trump’s orbit following the pardon, even standing beside Rudy Giuliani during the Four Seasons Landscaping disaster. The former police commissioner recently turned over some documents to the 1/6 commission. He refused to turn over others, claiming executive privilege. During a Saturday spot on MSNBC, Joyce Vance explained why that wouldn’t work.
“President [Donald] Trump pardoned him in Feb. 2020, and so his relationship, Kerik’s relationship with Rudy Giuliani — he’d often been on his security detail, apparently blossomed into that pardon,” the former US Attorney said.
“One might assume that there’s some loyalty there. Kerik has turned over some documents through his attorneys. They did it in that traditional news dump — the best news dump of the year, right, New Year’s Eve, when everything gets lost. But what’s interesting here is that he withheld some documents, claiming privilege, even though he wasn’t part of the executive branch.”
Referring to what Kerik called his privilege log, Vance noted, “And some of these documents indicate that there may be details about efforts to get a recount and start the perpetuation of the big lie following the 2020 election.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of MSNBC:
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