In his court filing, RCMP Corporal Greg Horton criticized some Conservative senators for their hazy memory and, in case of Carolyn Stewart Olsen, answers that are “not consistent with the facts.” Ms. Stewart Olsen declined comment on Thursday, but two other senators fought back.
Marjory LeBreton, the government Senate leader at the time the Duffy saga was unfolding, rejected police allegations that she provided evidence contrary to what e-mails show.
“When I met with the RCMP, I answered all questions willingly, honestly and to the best of my ability,” Ms. LeBreton told The Globe in a statement. “… I cannot answer for e-mails I was unaware of or e-mails where the claim to communicate certain information to me was not followed through on.”
Police also detailed an interview with David Tkachuk, a Conservative senator who chaired the subcommittee overseeing the audit of Mr. Duffy’s expenses. He called the police document, which said he couldn’t recall several details, “a work of fiction.”
“This [court filing] is what I call a political document by the police to get further information. So they’re going to gussy it up a little bit. It’s a work of fiction. There’s no proof to any of the allegations they make,” Mr. Tkachuk said. RCMP are seeking his e-mails, which he says he’ll provide.
Mr. Tkachuk reiterated he knew nothing about Mr. Wright’s cheque, and that the Prime Minister’s Office, of course, had a role in dealing with such a major issue.
If they haven't already, the three of them should all lawyer up at this point. There's no concealing it any more, they're looking at the real prospect of prosecution. They may compound that with obstruction charges if they've lied to the investigating officer, Greg Horton.
Marjory LeBreton is not known for her smarts. She's actually considered something of a 5-watt bulb. She became Senate leader through seniority and obedience. Marjory has always done as she's told. Word has it she's unable to come to grips with the reality that there's a record of much of what she did. There's even a rumoured recording of what she imprudently said in a heated phone conversation. Her excuses are so lame but that's probably the best she can come up with.
Marj has outlived her usefulness to the prime minister. Like Nigel Wright, she resigned her prestigious post - or was she fired?
Smart move, Dave. Accuse the investigator of playing politics. Dismiss his report as a "work of fiction." That's going to go down real well, Dave.
Former chair or deputy-chair of a slew of Senate and Conservative party committees, Dave too has now resigned.
Stewart Olsen shot from hospital nurse to Harper press aide to a senior Tory senator in a virtual heartbeat. Sounds like she's been bullshitting the constable just as she's been bullshitting everyone else ever since the scandal broke. Bad idea, Carolyn.
One of those three is probably getting pretty close to rolling on the other two and I'll bet they all know it. Harper knows it too.