Trump’s Pardon For Bernie Kerik Reportedly Cleared $103K He Still Owed Taxpayers
When President Donald Trump granted a full pardon to former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik this week, he not only cleared his record of eight counts of tax fraud, lying to federal investigators, and other crimes — he also cleared Kerik’s debt to taxpayers, according to The Week.
The New York Daily News reported that Trump’s pardon “cancels out $103,300 in restitution that Kerik still owed the Internal Revenue Service as part of his sentence,” per a Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office spokesperson.
Kerik, who was granted reprieve alongside several others on Tuesday, shares a friend with the president: former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is also Trump’s personal attorney.
According to the White House, Giuliani helped persuade the president to pardon Kerik. The Week noted that Newsmax chief executive Christopher Ruddy, also a friend of both Kerik and Trump, told the Daily News that the president’s pardon was "a just decision" given that Kerik was convicted of "minor stuff" crimes.