June 17, 2024

Key Figure In Attempt To Overturn 2020 Election Gives 1,000 Files To Special Counsel

Bernard Kerik, a close friend of former President Donald Trump and a key figure in the effort to cancel the 2020 election. given thousands of documents for special counsel Jack Smith, his lawyer said Monday.

Kerik, a former New York police commissioner, worked closely with attorney Rudy Giuliani to investigate unfounded claims of voter fraud after Trump lost the election to President Joe Biden. Smith’s staff had recommended Kerik release documents gathered during the 2020 results effort, but the former commissioner resisted those claims until the Trump campaign reviewed the matter for any privileged information.

“I have shared all of these documents, about 600 MB, mostly PDFs, with the Special Counsel and I look forward to sitting down with them in about 2 weeks to discuss,” said Kerik’s lawyer, Tim Parlatore. CNN and NBC News in a statement.

News commentator and former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik speaks to the media at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, in Bedminster, New Jersey. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

Smith is widely expected to be close to charging decisions in the ongoing investigation into the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Trump said earlier this month that the special counsel has informed him that he is a target of that investigation, warning that he could soon be indicted on federal charges for the second time in two months. Smith’s team has already leveled 37 criminal charges against the former president over his handling of classified documents after he left the White House.

Kerik wrote on Twitter later Monday that nothing “nefarious” was going on and that he did not target Trump or Giuliani.

“To clarify, I received a subpoena several months ago and cooperated with that publication, providing the Special Counsel with the documents I could,” he wrote. “No one has flipped, no one is selling out Trump or Giuliani. This involves giving the Special Counsel the evidence collected by the legal team under the supervision of @RudyGiuliani, and which was being reviewed after the 2020 election regarding voter/election fraud, and impropriety in that election.”

There is Kerik looking forward to meeting special counsel’s office in August for a voluntary interview.

Trump pardoned the former commissioner in 2020 after he served four years in prison on felony charges of tax fraud and lying to White House officials.

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