The committee cited a Washington Post story and a recent book by Robert Costa and Bob Woodward to support its claims about Kerik. But the article doesn’t say that Kerik attended the meeting, and the book doesn’t mention Kerik at all, according to his attorney, Timothy C. Parlatore. Instead, Parlatore wrote to the committee that Kerik was in New York on January 5 to handle a medical emergency for the family.
“If you were not personally responsible for this fabrication and false statements, then someone on your staff was and should be held responsible,” the letter continues. “Someone deliberately made this claim up, or someone failed in the simple task of carefully reading the sources before writing a letter claiming the sources have ‘disclosed credible evidence’.”
The letter also criticizes the committee for saying Kerik has partnered with Giuliani to promote “baseless lawsuits” related to the election results and claims Kerik has evidence that could support “true claims of voter fraud” in lawsuits. It also states that a committee employee asked Kerik’s lawyer several times in a telephone conversation whether Kerik would not comply with the subpoena.
“When someone constantly invites non-compliance in this way, it gives the clear impression that the goal was never to obey him, but rather to get him to disobey and be charged, like Mr. Bannon,” the letter continues.
Then the letter from Kerik’s lawyer makes a demand.
“For these reasons, Mr. Kerik is demanding that both the letter and the press release be withdrawn or corrected and that an apology be offered,” it read. “Whether intentionally or through negligence, it is inappropriate for these false statements to be posted on this commission’s website and should be corrected.”
But, the letter continues, Kerik “still intends to comply with the subpoena.” The letter states that Kerik’s work falls under the privilege of protecting lawyers’ work from disclosure, as he worked for Giuliani, who represented then-President Trump. Kerik found evidence of voter fraud, according to his lawyer, but was unable to complete his work to determine whether it would have changed the election results.
“While the law is clear that these documents are exempt from disclosure, we are in the process of seeing if some form of limited privilege exemption can be obtained because Mr Kerik is very eager to cooperate and provide these documents to the committee so that the American people can witness firsthand what he and others from the president’s legal team have seen himself,” the letter reads.
Kerik has known Giuliani for decades and even served as his driver and bodyguard during the 1993 mayoral campaign, according to CNN. Kerik rose to head the city’s police force and served as commissioner on the day of the September 11 attacks.
After Kerik worked in the private sector, former President George W. Bush nominated him to head the new Department of Homeland Security. But the nomination imploded and he later faced numerous criminal charges. He eventually pleaded guilty to several counts and was sentenced to 48 months in prison. Trump forgave him years after serving his sentence.
Kerik later worked for Giuliani’s failed 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 cooperation could be significant, as he is the only person who has worked on Trump’s legal efforts after the election and is known to be open to sharing material with investigators.
A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment. Parlatore did not immediately respond to a request for comment.