Kerik Withdraws from Bid to Be Homeland Security Chief

Use of illegal immigrant as nanny cited for withdrawal

According to a report in Newsweek, Kerik also was involved in a civil dispute six years ago after he failed to pay maintenance fees on a New Jersey condominium he owned. At one point an arrest warrant was issued, the magazine said.

Kerik on Saturday denied an arrest warrant was ever issued, but that he had been ordered to appear at a foreclosure hearing. "The lawsuit was settled, the apartment was not foreclosed on,'' he added.

Associated Press writer Jennifer Loven contributed to this report.