Bernard Kerik, former New York City police chief, has handed over a substantial amount of documents to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office for the federal investigation into attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The documents, totaling approximately 600MB of mostly pdfs, were provided by Kerik’s attorney, Tim Parlatore, who stated that he shared the materials with the Special Counsel’s office on Sunday.
The move comes after a privilege review by former President Donald Trump’s campaign. Bernard Kerik, who had collaborated with Rudy Giuliani in an effort to uncover alleged voter fraud following President Joe Biden’s victory, clarified in a tweet that he was subpoenaed several months ago and his lawyer recently obtained the necessary waivers from Trump to hand over the documents to the special counsel.
Kerik emphasized that no one involved was betraying Trump or Giuliani. Instead, the purpose was to provide the Special Counsel with the evidence collected by the legal team under the supervision of Giuliani concerning alleged voter and election fraud during the aftermath of the 2020 election.
NBC News reported earlier that Kerik is expected to voluntarily meet with the special counsel’s office in mid-August to answer questions about efforts to challenge the 2020 election and the events of January 6.
The federal grand jury overseeing the special counsel’s investigation is anticipated to make a decision soon on whether to indict Trump regarding the attempts to overturn the 2020 election.
Last week, the grand jury heard testimony from William Russell, a former White House aide who was present with Trump on January 6, 2021, and currently works for Trump’s presidential campaign.
Bernard Kerik, who was appointed New York City police commissioner by Giuliani and served from August 2000 to December 2001, gained national prominence after the 9/11 attacks.
However, he was later sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to felony charges, including tax fraud and lying to White House officials. In 2013, he was released from federal prison, and in 2020, he was granted a full pardon by Trump.