Bernard B. Kerik was nominated December 3, 2004, by President George W. Bush as his first pick to be Secretary of Homeland Security, in the Department of Homeland Security, to replace DHS Director Tom Ridge during Bush's second term.
Kerik withdrew his name from consideration after various concerns were raised. On June 30, 2006, Kerik "plead guilty to minor corruption charges" as "part of a deal with prosecutors to avoid felony indictments and possible jail time."  Kerik admitted "he took $165,000 in gifts from a company attempting to do business" with the City of New York.
Mission to Iraq
Former New York City police commissioner Kerik, who was sent to Iraq in 2003 to "lead" the mission to train Iraq's police, said "Pentagon officials gave him just 10 days notice and little guidance," Michael Moss and David Rohde reported in the May 21, 2006, New York Times.
"'Looking back, I really don't know what their plan was,' Mr. Kerik said. With no experience in Iraq, and little time to get ready, he said he prepared for his job in part by watching A&E Network documentaries on Saddam Hussein."
Kerik "served as Police Commissioner of the City of New York, during the rescue, recovery, and investigation of the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Prior to that, he served as Commissioner of the Department of Correction for New York City.
"Earlier in his law enforcement career, Commissioner Kerik worked for the New York Police Department, as a uniformed and plain clothes officer. He also served in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps in Korea and was assigned to the 18th Airborne Corps, at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. In addition, Commissioner Kerik served as Interim Minister of Interior and Senior Policy Advisor for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq." 
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- Michael Moss and David Rohde, "Misjudgments Marred U.S. Plans for Iraqi Police," New York Times, May 21, 2006.
- Justin Rood, "Former Top Cop, Bush Pick for DHS Chief to Plead Guilty," TPM Muckraker, June 29, 2006. From New York Times.
- "Bernard Kerik Pleads Guilty in Corruption Probe," NewsMax, June 30, 2006.
- "Bernard Kerik’s guilty plea: Corruption case underscores fraud of 'homeland security," WSWS (IndyBay), July 1, 2006.
- "Bernard Kerik's Name Removed From New York City Jail," NewsMax, July 2, 2006.
- Jeff Freeland, "Bernard Kerik's Name Stripped From 'Kerik Complex'," The National Ledger, July 3, 2006.
- Russ Buettner and Oren Yaniv, "Perjury indictments for Kerik cronies," New York Daily News, July 18, 2006.
- Anthony M. Destefano, "Two charged with perjury in Bernard Kerik case," Newsday, July 20, 2006.
- Paul Kiel, "Feds: NY Pol Pirro Wanted Kerik to Spy on Hubby," TPMmuckraker, September 27, 2006.
- John Solomon and Peter Baker, "White House Looked Past Alarms on Kerik. Giuliani, Gonzales Pushed DHS Bid Forward," Washington Post, April 8, 2007.
- John Solomon and Peter Baker, "How White House tripped badly over Giuliani's pal," Washington Post (Seattle Times), April 10, 2007.