‘Down the tubes’: Obama dashed Bernard Kerik’s hopes for pardon before getting one from Trump

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New York City’s former top cop, Bernard Kerik, one of seven individuals Tuesday who received a pardon or commutation from President Trump, says he had already given up on getting pardoned after President Barack Obama denied his request.

“You know what? I wasn’t too optimistic. You know? I initially submitted the pardon under President Obama,” Kerik told the Washington Examiner.

Kerik, a onetime New York police chief, was sentenced to four years in prison in 2010 after pleading guilty to eight felony charges related to tax fraud and making false statements to government officials.

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