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As periodic as the Indian monsoons are the indictments ofRudy Giuliani's best friend, Bernie Kerik. He was nearly made the Secretary of Homeland Security in 2004, but then he had to withdraw his nomination on account of "nanny problems," which is DC slang for "a closet so full of skeletons and crookery that he should rent out a storage unit, paid for by unsavory corporate interests."


About a year and a half ago, Kerik was indicted for fraud, tax evasion, taking bribes, and concealing more than $500,000 in income from the IRS.

So he was about due for another federal indictment, and at long last it has arrived:

Former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik was indicted on charges of making false statements to White House officials vetting him for the secretary's seat at the Department of Homeland Security in 2004, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Kerik, who served as commissioner from 1998 to 2002, allegedly gave false and misleading answers to Bush administration officials about his relationship with contractors who renovated his Riverdale apartment, according to the indictment handed up by a Washington grand jury. Prosecutors allege Kerik received and concealed benefits of about $255,000 in renovations to his home from contractors seeking to do business with the city of New York.

Similar charges were filed in New York a few months ago, but they were dismissed because the alleged crimes happened in Washington.

Bernie Kerik should run for president next time around.

Former NYPD commissioner indicted [Political Ticker]

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