New report indicates once again that the Trudeau PMO simply wasn’t willing to accept the decision of the Independent Prosecutor.
In September, the Independent Public Prosecutor ruled that SNC-Lavalin would not get a deferred prosecution.
Instead, they would have to go to trial.
The Attorney General – at the time Jody Wilson-Raybould – had the power to override that decision, though it would have been hugely unethical to do so.
Jody Wilson-Raybould refused to overturn it, choosing instead to protect the independence of the judicial system.
Yet, it seems the fact that a clear decision was made by both the Public Prosecutor and Jody Wilson-Raybould didn’t stop the Trudeau PMO from continually pressuring her.
And now, we’ve learned that pressure was even continuing into December, over three months after the decision had been made.
According to a report in the Toronto Star, “The prime minister’s top two aides together spoke to Jody Wilson-Raybould’s senior staffer about the SNC-Lavalin file on Dec. 18, a conversation that the country’s top bureaucrat acknowledged may be flagged as a “concern” by the former attorney general in her highly anticipated testimony next week. Justin Trudeau’s chief of staff, Katie Telford, and principal secretary, Gerald Butts — who quit last week, denying any improper PMO conduct — spoke to Jody Wilson-Raybould’s chief of staff, Jessica Prince, a PMO official said late Friday.”
And of course, a spokesman for Trudeau’s totally ‘open and transparent’ government said, “I can’t get into any actual details of the conversation itself.”
Notably, the report indicates “Until now it had not been clear that Telford had any contact with the SNC-Lavalin file. The PMO has previously said Telford never spoke to Wilson-Raybould directly on the matter.”
What we are seeing here is that the more details are revealed, the more directly the entire Trudeau PMO is implicated in this disgraceful mess.
First they said the report of conversations was false. Then they said Jody Wilson-Raybould was fine with the conversations since she was still in cabinet. Then she left cabinet. Then they said that maybe there were some conversations but there was no ‘pressure.’ Then they said there was no ‘improper pressure.’
What will they say next?
Are they just going to admit to it and then attack her for not doing the bidding of SNC-Lavalin?
The RCMP must investigate. We can’t trust the bureaucracy or the government to investigate itself.
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