Trump gives Kerik privilege waiver, wants Jan. 6 panel to see election irregularities evidence
"It is exactly what the Unselect Committee should be interested in — if this was a real investigation," 45th president declares
President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted an attorney-client privilege waiver to longtime friend Bernard Kerik, opening the door for the former New York Police commissioner to testify before the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
Kerik had informed the committee Tuesday he wants to cooperate but needed more time to resolve attorney-client privilege issues because he worked for Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Trump said he was waiving his privilege claims for Kerik, hoping the former top cop will present evidence of election irregularities gathered during Kerik's work.
"The Unselect Committee issued a subpoena to Bernie Kerik, an American Patriot and great former Police Commissioner of New York City, for its Jan. 6th Witch Hunt, but didn’t realize what they were demanding is a massive trove of evidence of Voter Fraud," Trump said.
"According to Bernie’s lawyer, these documents show significant indicators of fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, but have remained hidden from the public. It is exactly what the Unselect Committee should be interested in—if this was a real investigation," the president added. "Bernie wants to comply with the subpoena with a public hearing, and asked me to waive attorney-client privilege so Bernie can testify and provide documents, which I grant him. The Unselect Committee will not like what they asked for!"
While most election officials maintain there wasn't election fraud on a wide enough scale to change the outcome of the 2020 election, there has been growing evidence in several states of irregularities. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp for instance last week referred for investigation to the State Elections Board 36 irregularities of erroneous counting involving thousands of ballots in the Atlanta area.
Wisconsin's legislative audit bureau, likewise, cited two dozen improper rulings and activities in that state's election, while the state Supreme Court ruled tens of thousands of voters were given illegal permission to skip voter ID requirements for their absentee ballots. A sheriff in Wisconsin has also launched criminal charges for illegal voter harvesting in nursing homes.
And in Arizona, a state Senate audit flagged 50,000-plus ballots for irregularities and further investigation while the attorney general has charged several people with unlawful ballot harvesting.