Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Julie Annie still faces questions about association with Kerik

From The Washington Post:

In the heady days of the 1990s when Rudolph W. Giuliani was mayor of New York and Bernard B. Kerik was one of his most trusted lieutenants, Lawrence Ray enjoyed his own wild ride.

Ray was one of Kerik's closest friends and the best man at his 1998 wedding. As Kerik was rising to become New York's police commissioner, Ray was in touch with him regularly -- lending him money, discussing possible business opportunities, and using Ray's contacts in Russia to arrange a meeting for Giuliani with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Much has changed since then. Giuliani is now a leading Republican presidential candidate. Kerik has pleaded guilty to state ethics charges and is under federal indictment. And Ray, a convicted felon now in prison on a parole violation, has turned on his former friend. He has provided to state and federal authorities half a dozen boxes of e-mails, memos, faxes, financial statements, photographs and other materials about Kerik's alleged wrongdoing.

That evidence, reviewed by The Washington Post, shows that Kerik brought Ray into contact with Giuliani on a handful of occasions documented in photos and that he invoked Giuliani's name in connection with a New Jersey construction company with alleged mob ties that is now at the heart of the criminal cases.

While campaigning, Giuliani has sought to distance himself from Kerik, his mounting legal problems and associates such as Ray. Asked about Kerik and Ray during a recent appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," he said: "I made a mistake in not vetting [Kerik] carefully enough. And it's my responsibility. I should have."

You should go and read the rest. The article is long but worthwhile. It recaps the history of the "Kerik affair" and lays out what might be come evidence that Giuliani was not as uninvolved as he would like people to think.

Of course the WaPo is a house organ for the Left so anything they say against a leading Republican has to be taken with a grain of salt, but Kerik is corrupt and he was close to Guiliani.

When Julie Annie was a federal prosecutor he took associations like the one between him and Kerik, which might well have been completely innocent, and built federal cases around them. He ruined the lives of a good many innocent people and it would be cosmic justice if the media and the electorate did to him what he has done to so many others.