I followed this man's career because I knew he came from not much. Not from being interested in knowledge or studies he split high school and became what someone who needs to support himself but can't work for a big company, a driver.
One day he hit it off by picking up a customer by the name of Rudy. Heavy drinker and smoker of smelly cigars, a womanizer who was always looking for the type of man that could see and never open his mouth. An academic with all types of recommendations will not do anything for Rudy. Rudy came from the justice dept with a record of convicting Mafiosos's that the FBI had already wire typed everything from their toilets to where they sat down at Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
The FBI had taken advantage of the new electronic medium like never before. Now they had mini microphones powerful enough to have their signal go through any wall up to the roof of the building or the white van park outside on the street.
All the prosecutor had to do was, know the law and secondly have someone to type indictments. Easy if you are not afraid these guys are going to come after your wife and family. But Rudy only had one kid, And a wife he did not care about and was cheating on her as much as he ate his pastrami on Rye no pickles most days. If they hit on her, it will solved what could be(and the divorce did happen that way) very open break up and divorce down the road. For the kid? Who kills an 8-year-old fat smart ass kid? No one. Not in New York.
All you have to do in New York is have lady luck smile on you and connect you with someone who will make you. Make you an individual that is respected and earn plenty of money and works for someone people hate but are afraid of. It happens.
I happened to work for a midsize company that had a buyer who happens to have a similar background except he was a jew who used to live in Egypt before he was kicked out. He left and had to invent itself all over again. He became Mr. Knowledge in France and just by working by an international company as a salesman, he was able to use that to come to New York. He understood when someone had the knowledge he needed in the job and could be trusted, that was the man he wanted by him. Had it not been for him I might have gone back to be a Patrolman which I never finished after the exam and interviewed, because I was gay and felt people would find out. But my promotions in the company we both worked brought us together. And later to become his assistant put me in the path to finish my career in a good ending if it wasn't that I got sick. Thank that experience I was able to ask for my salary and become on exec in the other companies I worked.
This was Bernard Kerik. When Rudy when up so did Kerik. He was everything Rudy needed. Except the man was dirty, which Rudy had to know. Everything was kept a secret until Rudy left as mayor. No more with a protector so the leaks started coming out. From the time He was made by Rudy Corrections commissioner to be Rudy's sidekick, there was stuff coming out.
This man disappointed many but many people already knew, just by reading the papers in the stuff he was involved with. I don't think he ever disappointed Rudy and we can see it now Rudy intervening with Trump to let him loose.
Bernard B. Kerik, a onetime New York police commissioner and close ally of former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, was one of 11 people to receive executive grants of clemency from President Trump on Tuesday.
Mr. Kerik was granted a full pardon for his 2010 conviction on eight felonies, including tax fraud and lying to White House officials.
After the pardon, Mr. Kerik, 64, said on Twitter: “There are no words to express my appreciation and gratitude to President Trump.”
“With the exception of the birth of my children,” he added, “today is one of the greatest days of my life.”
Bernard B. Kerik
Thank you President @realDonaldTrump.
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Mr. Kerik began his rise to prominence as Mr. Giuliani’s bodyguard and chauffeur during the 1993 mayoral race.
When Mr. Giuliani won, Mr. Kerik’s ascent was swift. His eventual fall was swifter.
[receiving pardons or commutations from President Trump Tuesday.]
A swift ascent
A detective at the time of the 1993 campaign, Mr. Kerik had joined the New York Police Department six years earlier after serving as warden of the Passaic County, N.J., jail.
Mr. Giuliani’s victory over the incumbent mayor, David N. Dinkins, vaulted Mr. Kerik, a high school dropout with a scruffy charm, into a series of high-ranking positions in the city’s Department of Correction.
Eventually, Mr. Giuliani named Mr. Kerik correction commissioner in 1997, and Mr. Kerik won praise for reducing violence in the city’s jails. As evidence of his clout, Mr. Kerik had a city jail in Lower Manhattan named after him. (The name was later changed.)
In 2000, Mr. Giuliani, having been re-elected to a second term, appointed Mr. Kerik as police commissioner. His role as the Police Department’s leader at the time of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks raised Mr. Kerik’s national profile.
After Mr. Giuliani left office, Mr. Kerik joined the former mayor’s security consulting firm and earned millions of dollars over several years.
A stunning fall
In December 2004, at Mr. Giuliani’s urging, President George W. Bush nominated Mr. Kerik to become homeland security secretary. But within a week, Mr. Kerik had withdrawn his name from consideration, citing what he said were questions about the immigration status of a nanny he had once employed.
The nomination’s collapse was the beginning of the end of Mr. Kerik’s career. It also raised questions about what Mr. Giuliani knew about Mr. Kerik’s background as he pushed him for the cabinet position — and when he named him police commissioner.
In June 2006, Mr. Kerik pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court in the Bronx to two misdemeanors tied to renovations done on his apartment in Riverdale by a New Jersey construction firm suspected of being linked to organized crime. He paid $221,000 in fines and penalties but avoided jail time.
According to a grand jury transcript of Mr. Guiliani’s testimony in the case, he recalled that a prosecutor had told him that the city’s Investigation Department had compiled substantial evidence of Mr. Kerik’s ties to the firm before he was picked to lead the Police Department and that Mr. Giuliani had been briefed on the agency’s findings.
But Mr. Giuliani testified that he did not recall such a briefing, although he did not deny that it had taken place.
In 2010, in the federal case that yielded the conviction at issue in President Trump’s pardon, Mr. Kerik pleaded guilty to two counts of tax fraud, one count of making a false statement on a loan application and five counts of making false statements to the federal government while being vetted for senior posts. Some of the federal charges stemmed from the apartment renovations.
The judge in the case, Stephen C. Robinson, sentenced Mr. Kerik to four years in prison — more than either the prosecution or defense had recommended. He was released after serving three years.
“I think it’s fair to say that with great power comes great responsibility and great consequences,” Judge Robinson said at the sentencing. “I think the damage caused by Mr. Kerik is in some ways immeasurable.”
Mr. Kerik, a regular guest on Fox News programs, has more recently been in the news for his connection to Lawrence Ray, who is charged with extortion and the sex trafficking of his daughter’s classmates at Sarah Lawrence College. Mr. Ray was the best man at Mr. Kerik’s wedding in 1998.
According to a White House statement, supporters of a pardon for Mr. Kerik included Mr. Giuliani, the Fox News host Geraldo Rivera, the musician Charlie Daniels and Representative Peter King, a Long Island Republican.
William K. Rashbaum contributed reporting.