House Jan. 6 Inquisition Admits False Accusation Against Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik

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  • 03/02/2023

The House January 6th Inquisition acknowledged Tuesday that it made an error in a subpoena that falsely accused the former New York police Commissioner of attending a secret meeting in Washington to discuss the 2020 election results. 

As previously reported by Human Events News, earlier this month, the House January 6th Inquisition issued a subpoena claiming lawmakers had “credible evidence” that the day before the riot, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik attended a meeting at the Willard Hotel in D.C. where Trump advisers discussed how to overturn the election. 

The subpoena cited a book by Bob Woodward as its source. 

However, according to toll records, Kerik was in the New York City area on January 5th. He left Washington on the night of January 4th and didn’t return until the morning of the riots. 

The committee acknowledged the mistake in a communication to Kerik’s lawyer, Just the News reports

“In advance of our deposition of Mr. Kerik, we wanted to correct an error in the letter accompanying the subpoena that you accepted on his behalf,” the committee wrote attorney Tim Parlatore. “That letter indicated that Mr. Kerik participated in a meeting at the Willard Hotel on January 5, 2021, citing a Washington Post article dated October 23, 2021. The Post reports that Mr. Kerik was at the Willard around January 6 and that, according to Mr. Kerik, his firm billed the Trump campaign more than $55,000 for rooms. The article does not say that he was at the Willard Hotel on January 5th, specifically as the Select Committee letter indicates. Nonetheless, the Select Committee still believes that Mr. Kerik has information about efforts to evaluate claims of election fraud and other matters relevant to its inquiry.” 

Parlatore blasted the decision in a letter Tuesday, also warning his client’s ability to cooperate is affected by attorney-client privilege because Kerik worked as an investigator for Rudy Giuliani. 

“We knew from the time that we received the subpoena that this was a false allegation, as Mr. Kerik never participated in such a meeting,” the lawyer wrote, asking that its subpoena and press release be removed from public display on its website. “He wasn’t even in Washington DC, as he was in New York dealing with a family medical emergency...While we knew at the time that the claim was false, we later found out that it was actually a fabrication.” 

“You can understand my concern where you send a letter claiming that the basis for issuing the subpoena is that you ‘have revealed credible evidence,’ of a provably false claim, citing sources that do not support this false claim,” he added. “If you were not personally responsible for this fabrication and false statements, then someone on your staff was and should be held accountable.” 

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