The committee quoted a Washington Post story and a recent book by Robert Costa and Bob Woodward to substantiate his statements about Kerik. But the article does not say that Kerik attended the meeting, and the book makes no mention of Kerik at all, according to his attorney, Timothy C. Parlatore. On the contrary, Parlatore wrote to the committee, Kerik was in New York on January 5 dealing with a medical emergency.
“If you were not personally responsible for this fabrication and false statements, then someone on your staff was and should be held liable,” the letter continues. “Someone either deliberately fabricated this allegation, or someone failed in the simple task of reading the sources carefully before writing a letter claiming that the sources ‘revealed reliable evidence’.”
The letter also criticized the committee for saying Kerik had worked with Giuliani to “promote unfounded litigation” related to the election results and claimed that Kerik had evidence that could support “true claims of voter fraud” in litigation. It further states that a committee staffer asked Kerik’s attorney several times in a phone call whether Kerik would not comply with the subpoena.
“When someone constantly invites non-compliance in this way, it gives the clear impression that the purpose was never to get him complied with, but rather to cause him to disobey and be charged, like Mr. Bannon,” he goes on to say. the letter continues.
Then the letter from Kerik’s lawyer makes a claim.
“For these reasons, Mr. Kerik demands that both the letter and press release be withdrawn or corrected and an apology issued,” it says. “Whether intentionally or negligently, it is improper to leave these false statements on the website of this committee and must be rectified.”
But, the letter continues, Kerik “still intends to comply with the subpoena.” The letter says Kerik’s work is covered by the privilege that protects lawyers’ work from becoming public, as he worked for Giuliani, who represented then-President Trump. Kerik found evidence of voter fraud, according to his lawyer, but could not complete his work to determine if it would have changed the outcome of the election.
“Although the law is clear that these documents are exempt from disclosure, we are working to see if some form of limited privilege waiver can be obtained, because Mr. “Kerik would very much like to work together and provide these documents to the Committee, so that the American people can see first-hand what he and others in the president’s legal team have seen for themselves,” the letter reads.
Kerik has known Giuliani for decades and even worked as his manager and bodyguard during the 1993 mayoral campaign, according to CNN. Kerik rose to head the city’s police department and was commissioner on the day of the September 11 attacks.
After Kerik worked in the private sector, former President George W. Bush nominated him to put the new Department of Homeland Security at the helm. But the nomination exploded, and he later faced a myriad of criminal charges. He eventually pleaded guilty to several charges and was sentenced to 48 months in prison. Trump pardoned him years after he completed his sentence.
Kerik later worked for Giuliani’s unsuccessful post-election attempt to prove in court that voter fraud stole Trump’s race. He appeared at the historic Four Seasons Total Landscaping Press Conference.
Kerik’s collaboration could be significant, as he is the only person who worked on Trump’s post-election legal efforts known to be open to sharing material with investigators.
A spokesman for the committee declined to comment. Parliamentarians did not immediately respond to a request for comment.