Giuliani Team Defends Spending Practices, Not Billing Habits

Ben reports that the Giuliani team is insisting all security expenses were perfectly appropriate, instead of explaining why they were billed to obscure city agencies.

Bernie Kerik jumped to his former boss’s defense. (The Giuliani campaign, no doubt, will be delighted.)

Former Deputy Mayor Joe Lhota insists, “This was not a coverup.”

Although Lhota has already backed off a claim that the same practices “predate Giuliani.”

And Comptroller Thompson said of the billing: “That’s not the way that we operate these days.”

Meanwhile, former officials tell ABC News that Giuliani had Judith Nathan use the N.Y.P.D. as “her personal taxi service.”