Thursday, November 15th, 2007
Indictment, Lawsuit Cloud Presidential Hopes of Ex-New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
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With the Iowa caucuses 50 days away, more questions about Giuliani’s past have emerged in recent days that could threaten his candidacy. On Friday, his personal friend and business partner Bernard Kerik was indicted on 16 counts of federal corruption charges, including bribery and tax fraud. On Tuesday, it was revealed that one of Kerik’s former lovers, Judith Regan, had sued Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and accused the company of pressuring her to commit perjury in order to protect Giuliani’s presidential ambition. We speak to investigative reporter and Village Voice senior editor Wayne Barrett, author of two books on Giuliani. [includes rush transcript]
We turn now to former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s run for the White House. With the Iowa caucuses 50 days away, more questions about Giuliani’s past have emerged in recent days that could threaten his candidacy. On Friday, his personal friend and business partner Bernard Kerik was indicted on 16 counts of federal corruption charges, including bribery and tax fraud. The former New York City police commissioner faces up to 142 years in prison and almost $5 million in fines.As mayor of New York, Giuliani helped Kerik rise from being a low-ranking detective to police commissioner after Kerik volunteered to be Giuliani’s driver during his run for re-election. Later, Giuliani made Kerik a partner in his security business and urged President Bush to nominate Kerik to head the Department of Homeland Security.On Tuesday, it was revealed that one of Kerik’s former lovers, Judith Regan, had sued Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and accused the company of pressuring her to commit perjury in order to protect Giuliani’s presidential ambition. Last year, Regan was fired as head of ReganBooks in the controversy over aborted plans to publish a book by O.J. Simpson. In a wrongful termination suit, Regan says an executive at News Corp pressured her to lie to investigators about her affair with Kerik.
Meanwhile, a new New York Times/CBS poll from Iowa indicates that Giuliani faces an uphill battle in Iowa. 27 percent of voters polled backed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, 21 percent supported Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and only 15 percent backed Giuliani.
Investigative reporter Wayne Barrett joins us here in our firehouse studio to talk more about Giuliani.
- Wayne Barrett. Senior editor at the Village Voice, where hes been covering politics for over twenty years. He is the author of many books including “Rudy!: An Investigative Biography of Rudolph Guiliani.” His latest book is “Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11.”
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Nov. 14, 2007: Dan Abrams asks Rudy Giuliani biographer Wayne Barrett, Air America’s Rachel Maddow, ex-Fox News staffer Charlie Reina, and Republican strategist Jack Burkman if Fox News’ parent company plans to put Giuliani in the White House.
In other news.. Jack Burkman still gets booked on cable. Wow.
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