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2004 US Presidential Election
December 11, 2004
| Kerik Withdraws Nomination to Head DHS
Bernard Kerik, the man tapped by President Bush to head the Department of Homeland Security, has withdrawn his name from consideration, saying he wants to avoid a political battle over the immigration status of his former housekeeper.

“I am convinced that, for personal reasons, moving forward would not be in the best interests of your administration, the Department of Homeland Security or the American people,” the former New York police commissioner wrote in a letter to Bush.

Kerik’s letter to the president did not mention the immigration issue. In a statement, however, he said the questions arose as he was completing documents required for Senate confirmation.

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