Thursday, November 07, 2013
Senator Mike Duffy's lawyer, Don Bayne, has reportedly handed over hundreds of pages of documents to RCMP investigators thought to be relevant to the Wright-Duffy-Harper affair. The RCMP asked, they got.
It's said that Duffy may have up to 800-pages of e-mails, correspondence and other records pertaining to the under-the-table PMO cash deal. Duffy's lawyer - and others who have read them - claim they directly implicate Stephen Harper in the backroom wheeling and dealing. As one of those who read them put it, some of the documents have "Stephen Harper's fingerprints all over them."
Some of those who have known Duffy going back to the very early 70s wonder why he remained mute all summer. They think that, even at that stage, Duffy wanted to protect his prime minister. It seems Nigel Wright has also been unwilling to fight back against Stephen Harper but it's believed that Wright draws the line at lying for the prime minister or facing possible jail time for him.
At this point, no one seems to trust anyone else. There's something of a standoff underway among the principals. Harper's denunciations of Wright and Duffy recently may have been a calculated but nonetheless bad gamble.
Oh, don't worry about Duffy's docs mysteriously going missing. I'm sure the cops weren't handed the originals and, besides, there are copies being held in safe keeping.
Stephen Harper's "rush to flush" Wallin, Brazeau and Duffy down the Senate dumper was as obvious as it was odious. TorStar's Thomas Walkin writes that the suspensions were Harper's desperate hope to make it all go away even as the flames of scandal begin to lick at the prime minister's feet. That wont work.