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    Was up and about early today after an 0500 call...The sattelite TV news over here is running a story that Bernard Kerik has stood down as Director of Homeland Security, for "personal reasons", just days after accepting the post.

    Nothing more than that at the moment. Thought you all might like to know.
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    Just for putting all of this in one basket... this is now being discussed in the original "job acceptance" thread. http://cms.firehouse.com/forums2/sho...threadid=64559

    A text of Bernard Kerik's statement explaining his reason for withdrawing as President Bush's nominee to be secretary of homeland security. The statement was separate from the resignation letter that he sent to the White House:

    It is with deep regret that I announce that I cannot continue forward in the confirmation process for the position of Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. While I will always consider the confidence President Bush has shown in me to be the honor of a lifetime, information has come to my attention which leaves me convinced that advancing further in the process would not be in the best interests of his administration, the Department of Homeland Security, or the American people.

    In the course of completing documents required for Senate confirmation, I uncovered information that now leads me to question the immigration status of a person who had been in my employ as a housekeeper and nanny. It has also been brought to my attention that for a period of time during such employment required tax payments and related filings had not been made.

    While I have already initiated efforts to fulfill any outstanding reporting requirements and tax obligations related to this issue, it is my belief that upon disclosure of this matter the intense scrutiny that it is likely to generate will only serve as a significant and unnecessary distraction to the vital efforts of Department of Homeland Security.
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