Rudolph W. Giuliani told a grand jury that his former chief investigator remembered having briefed him on some aspects of Bernard B. Kerikâ€™s relationship with a company suspected of ties to organized crime before Mr. Kerikâ€™s appointment as New York City police commissioner, according to court records.
Mr. Giuliani, testifying last year under oath before a Bronx grand jury investigating Mr. Kerik, said he had no memory of the briefing, but he did not dispute that it had taken place, according to a transcript of his testimony.
Mr. Giulianiâ€™s testimony amounts to a significantly new version of what information was probably before him in the summer of 2000 as he was debating Mr. Kerikâ€™s appointment as the cityâ€™s top law enforcement officer. Mr. Giuliani had previously said that he had never been told of Mr. Kerikâ€™s entanglement with the company before promoting him to the police job or later supporting his failed bid to be the nationâ€™s homeland security secretary.
In his testimony, given in April 2006, Mr. Giuliani indicated that he must have simply forgotten that he had been briefed on one or more occasions as part of the background investigation of Mr. Kerik before his appointment to the police post.
He said he learned only in late 2004 that the briefing or briefings had occurred, after the cityâ€™s investigation commissioner reviewed his own records from 2000. To this day, Mr. Giuliani testified, he has no specific recollection of any briefing or the details of what he was told. But he said he felt comforted because the chief investigator had cleared Mr. Kerik to be promoted.
Lumped in with Lurita Doan and Kyle Sampson’s stellar performances this week, it would seem that memory, all alone in the moonlight, is not a Republican strong point. In Giuliani’s defense, an Italian hearing that someone is mobbed up is about as common as leaving the gun and taking the canollis.
Or cookies, in Lurita’s case.