Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Rudy, Judy, Bernie, and Perjury

Judith Regan, former girlfriend of former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik, who is — or was — a pal of Rudy Giuliani, says that she was told to lie about her relationship with Mr. Kerik by an executive of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp in order to make it easier for him to be confirmed as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in 2004. This tidbit of news came out in a lawsuit she’s filed against her former employer.

The lawsuit asserts that the News Corporation executive wanted to protect the presidential aspirations of Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Kerik’s mentor, who had appointed him New York City police commissioner and had recommended him for the federal post.

Ms. Regan makes the charge at the start of a 70-page filing that seeks $100 million in damages for what she says was a campaign to smear and discredit her by her bosses at HarperCollins and its parent company, News Corporation, after her project to publish a book with O. J. Simpson was abandoned amid a storm of protest.

In the civil complaint filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Ms. Regan says the company has long sought to promote Mr. Giuliani’s ambitions. But the lawsuit does not elaborate on that charge, identify the executive who she says pressured her to mislead investigators, or offer details to support her claim.

Wow, all this and O.J., too. No wonder the Republicans are all twitterpated about Hillary Clinton and the planted questions; that’s much more important than suborning perjury.

Of course, there’s no indication that Mr. Giuliani knew anything at all about this or had anything to do with News Corps’ effort to polish the former mayor’s image, and we should be willing to give him and Mr. Kerik the benefit of the doubt. But I can’t help but wonder what kind of play this story would get if the players were Democrats. Just sayin’…