Jody Wilson-Raybould testimony live: The four meetings that are key to the SNC-Lavalin affair

Former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould will testify at a hearing of the House of Commons’ justice committee this afternoon about allegations she was inappropriately pressured to prevent Montreal-based company SNC-Lavalin from being prosecuted in a bribery case. While it has been more than two weeks since the Globe and Mail reported the allegations, this is expected to be Wilson-Raybould’s first substantial public statement on the matter. Her testimony is likely to offer her perspective on four key conversations late last year that involved the clerk of the privy council, senior staff from the Prime Minister’s Office and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself.

We’ll update this post in real-time, breaking out what Wilson-Raybould says about the key moments in the SNC-Lavalin affair.

The Sept. 17 meeting between Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould and Wernick

In his testimony before the justice committee last week, Michael Wernick, the clerk of the privy council and Canada’s top public servant, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assured Wilson-Raybould at this September meeting that the decision on whether to prosecute SNC-Lavalin was “her call.”

What Wilson-Raybould said:

To come.

The Dec. 5 meeting between Wilson-Raybould and Butts

In December, Wilson-Raybould met with Trudeau’s then-principal secretary Gerald Butts to discuss the SNC-Lavalin case. Media reports have characterized it as a “robust” and “vigorous” discussion. Butts has since resigned, although he says he never put any undue pressure on Wilson-Raybould over the SNC-Lavalin decision.

What Wilson-Raybould said:

To come.

The Dec. 18 meeting between Wilson-Raybould, her chief of staff, Butts and Telford

We don’t know a lot about the meeting between Wilson-Raybould, her chief of staff Jessica Prince, Butts and Trudeau’s chief of staff Katie Telford. Wernick’s testimony offered no insight into it, as he said he wasn’t present and therefore couldn’t shed any light on what transpired.

What Wilson-Raybould said:

To come.

The Dec. 19 phone call between Wilson-Raybould and Wernick

Just weeks before the cabinet shuffle that saw Wilson-Raybould moved to Veteran Affairs, Wernick called her to provide what he called “context” surrounding her decision on SNC-Lavalin. At committee, Wernick said he told Wilson-Raybould that Trudeau and other ministers were “quite anxious” about the potential impact of a criminal conviction, but Wernick insisted it did not amount to undue pressure on the Attorney General.

What Wilson-Raybould said:

To come.

— with files from the Canadian Press

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Источник: Nationalpost.com

Источник: Corruptioner.life

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