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Campaign payments may hurt Trump's executive privilege claim


November 4, 2021

Sarah Silbiger For The Washington Post

Rudy Giuliani spoke at a news conference about lawsuits contesting the results of the presidential election on Nov. 19, 2020.

WASHINGTON - It was a month after the 2020 presidential election, and Bernard Kerik was starting to panic. The former New York City police chief and his friend Rudy Giuliani were shelling out thousands of dollars for hotel rooms and travel in their effort to find evidence of voting fraud and persuade state legislators to overturn Joe Biden's victory.

Yet President Donald Trump's campaign had turned down Kerik's request for a campaign credit card. The bills were piling up. "How do I know I'm gonna get my money back?" Kerik remembers thinking to himself at the time, according to a recent interview he did with The Washington Post.

The bills went unpaid until after Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro went to bat on their behalf, according to a Republican official, who like some others interviewed for this article spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Soon after, the campaign cut Kerik a check - with Trump's approval, according to a former senior campaign official.


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