Bush’s Would-Be DHS Chief Faces 2nd Probe

Woops! Bush’s one-time pick for Homeland Security Secretary (“he has demonstrated a deep commitment to justice, a heart for the innocent, and a record of great success”) is facing a second investigation.

Bernard Kerik, the former NYC Police Commissioner whose nomination to head DHS imploded in December 2004 over a spate of problems (an illegal-nanny scandal foremost among them), has already pled guilty to accepting illegal gifts from a mobbed-up contractor. He got away with no jail time — though he did suffer the indignity of the Manhattan Bernard B. Kerik Complex quickly and quietly dropping his name from the jail.

This time, the FBI is looking into how hundreds of thousands of dollars disappeared from a nonprofit affiliated with New York City’s Department of Corrections when Kerik headed the agency. Heckuva commitment to justice, Bernie!

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