As the Times notes, his "familyâs vast holdings include companies with United States Defense Department contracts." One of those companies is Blades Technologies, which makes engine parts for Pratt & Whitney, a giant manufacturer of jets for the U.S. He's also a shareholder of a company called Orsus, a company that designs software for control rooms, which is also a contractor for the DoD and Department of Homeland Security. The list goes on. Presumably Kerik would have been available for a favor.
And keep in mind that at the time Kerik went to Iraq, he was still a partner with Giuliani's consultancy Giuliani Partners, which he'd joined after stepping down as New York City Police Commissioner at the end of 2001. A spokeswoman for the firm told the Times "the company had not had any business relationship with any of Mr. Wertheimerâs companies during the time Mr. Kerik was affiliated with the business."
Of course, there's always the chance that Wertheimer, a noted philanthropist, was just being generous.
Note: The Times has a funny detail that will strike Kerik muck aficionados as classic Kerik:
Mr. Wertheimer met Mr. Kerik through Mr. Cohen, a longtime friend, according to associates, and the two spent time together during Mr. Kerikâs trip to Israel in August 2001. Later that year, as he left his New York City police post, Mr. Kerik handed out 19 gold and blue enamel badges that declared the recipients âHonorary Police Commissioners,â and Mr. Wertheimer received one, as did [Nathan Berman, a real estate developer who has also lent Mr. Kerik money] and Judith Regan, then Mr. Kerikâs lover and publisher. The real estate developer Steven C. Witkoff, who is listed in the indictment as John Doe No. 5, who paid more than $236,000 in rent for Mr. Kerik from 2001 to 2003, also received one of the badges.
Do you see a pattern?