url-21.thumbnail.jpgI’m shocked, shocked I tell you:

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.

Bernie adds this to his fine collection of indictments for tax fraud, corruption and conspiracy.

Not sure what my favorite Bernie Kerik story is, but it may be from Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s Imperial Life in the Emerald City:

The CPA’s Interior Ministry team shared a modest office in the palace with American advisers working with the Justice Ministry. They often brought in Iraqi judges, along with interpreters, for meetings.

"Bob, who are these people?" Kerik asked Gifford one day. "Who the fuck are these people?"

"Oh, those are Iraqis," Gifford replied.

"What the fuck are they doing here?"

"Bernie, that’s the reason we’re here."

And the war turned out badly. Can’t imagine why.