Bernie Kerik Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanors
Former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, who was nominated by Bush to be Homeland Security Chief after being recommended for the job by his pal Rudy Giuliani, will plead guilty Friday to two misdemeanors for failing to report gifts from contractors. The contractors are alleged to have ties to organized crime.
At today's proceeding, Mr. Kerik is expected to acknowledge that while serving as correction commissioner, he paid only a fraction of the cost of a $200,000 renovation to his Bronx apartment that was started in 1999 by associates of the contractor, Interstate Industrial.
Detailed background on the allegations against Kerik is here. Unanswered questions will remain after Kerik pleads guilty today, particularly about how much Rudy knew about Kerik's closeness to the company when he appointed Kerik to the Police Commissioner job in 2000. The Times reports: