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 Kerik fights subpoena for testimony in Georgia with push for immunity deal
by Rebecca Beitsch - 10/02/23 1:12 PM ET

Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik is fighting a subpoena for his testimony in coming trials, saying he would only do so if offered an immunity deal.

Kerik wasn’t charged in the sweeping election interference case, but he is listed as an unindicted co-conspirator, a detail his attorney Tim Parlatore says would put him in legal jeopardy if he participates in the coming trial of Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell.

“Given the public nature of your office’s allegations against Mr. Kerik, accusing him of being a co-conspirator, no competent criminal attorney would allow Mr. Kerik to testify absent a grant of immunity,” Parlatore wrote in a letter to the office of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis first reported by CNN and obtained by The Hill.

Kerik, who was previously pardoned by former President Trump after pleading guilty to tax and false statement charges, served as a top investigator for the former president as he was making baseless claims there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

The letter reflects the challenges for prosecutors pursuing Trump and his allies across multiple cases, with potential witnesses fearful participation could put them in legal jeopardy there or with federal investigators.

Kerik is mentioned a handful of times in the indictment as “co-conspirator Individual 5,” mostly referencing his attendance to various meetings with members of the Trump legal team coordinating with state lawmakers and fake electors.


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