January 6 committee meets with former NYC police commissioner Bernard Kerik for eight hours

Representative Benny Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and chair of the committee, said the interview began Thursday morning.

Kerik appeared at the nearly voluntary interview with his attorney, Tim Parlatore, and committee staffers asked all the questions, although some committee members were present for at least part of the hearing.

Kerik worked alongside longtime friend Rudy Giuliani, a former attorney for former President Donald Trump, in the weeks after the 2020 presidential election to find any evidence of voter fraud that would change Trump’s position. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in elections.

A source familiar with the interview told CNN that Kerik was repeatedly asked about Giuliani and has defended the former New York mayor because he legitimately believes there is at least a “probable cause” of voter fraud that should be investigated rather than a “big lie.” “

Kerek had submitted previous documents to the commission and reviewed them during his testimony.

The panel also inquired about the so-called Willard War Room, which Kerik told lawmakers was set up after they had to leave the Mandarin Oriental following the outbreak of Covid-19 among the group investigating voter fraud.

This story and title were updated with additional information Thursday.

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