Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., on Tuesday said President Donald Trump's pardoning former New York Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik was a "very appropriate action."
"I support [President] Trump's decision to pardon Bernie Kerik. Bernie is a friend who served NYC and America with distinction. Very appropriate action by POTUS."
Kerik served four years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty in 2009 to eight felonies, including tax fraud and lying to the White House when he was vetted for Secretary of Homeland Security in former President George W. Bush's administration. Kerik served as police commissioner under former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is now Trump’s personal attorney, from 2000 to 2001.
The White House wrote in a statement about the pardon Kerik "courageously led the New York Police Department’s heroic response to the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, as Commissioner of the New York Police Department. He embodied the strength, courage, compassion, and spirit of the people of New York and this great Nation as he served alongside first responders at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the attack."
Kerik said in a statement on Twitter:
"There are no words to express my appreciation and gratitude to President Trump. With the exception of the birth of my children, today is one of the greatest days in my life – being made a full and whole American citizen again."
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