Former New York City Commissioner Will Testify Before The Jan.6 Committee And Demand An Apology

Bernard Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner who helped coordinate space for the Trump team’s “war room” at the Willard Hotel, plans to comply with a January 6 committee subpoena, but demands a apology from the panel.

The problem for Kerik is the committee’s claim that he attended a meeting on January 5 at the hotel where participants reportedly discussed different strategies to overturn the election results.

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But Kerik never attended the meeting in Washington, his attorney wrote to the panel in a letter first reported by Political and obtained by The Hill, because he was in New York dealing with a family emergency.

“For these reasons, Mr. Kerik demands that both the letter and the press release be withdrawn or corrected and that an apology be issued. Whether intentional or negligent, allowing these false statements to appear on this committee’s website is inappropriate and should be corrected, ”Kerik’s attorney, Timothy C. Parlatore, wrote Tuesday.

Kerik is not only wanted by the committee because of the meeting, but also because of the comments he made to The Washington Post in which he details that his firm billed the Trump campaign more than $ 55,000 for rooms for the legal team and another $ 10,000 in other travel expenses. He also reportedly led efforts to investigate allegations of voter fraud.

While Kerik indicates his willingness to cooperate with the committee, like others, he alludes to former President Trump’s executive privilege claims by asking for a delay, even so that Trump’s legal team has time to review them first. Kerik was asked to deliver documents today with a statement scheduled for December 3.

Despite the significant issues described above, Mr. Kerik still intends to comply with the subpoena. However, we will need additional time to comply due to document volume and privilege issues, ”Parlatore wrote, requesting a 30-day extension.

“Mr. Kerik very much wants to cooperate and provide these documents to the committee, so that the American people can witness first-hand what he and other members of the president’s legal team saw for themselves. Therefore, we need more time later. of collecting and organizing the documents to provide to President Trump’s attorneys so they can decide which parties, if any, they want to exercise privilege. “

Kerik’s attorney also complains about multiple questions from a committee attorney seeking to determine whether he would comply with the subpoena.

“This happened at least three times during the call, despite my clear assertions that we intended to comply. When someone continually invites non-compliance in this way, it gives the clear impression that the goal was never for him to comply, but rather to make him non-compliant and face an accusation, ”Parlatore wrote.

A spokesman for the Jan.6 committee declined to comment.

Kerik was subpoenaed by the committee on the same day as Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Like Flynn, Trump pardoned him in his final year in office after pleading guilty to tax fraud and lying to the government.

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