Yes, that's it! Something way back from my childhood. Yes.
Word has it that Harper chief of staff, Ray Novak, will be doing his best Sgt. Schultz impression when he gets grilled under oath in November.
Novak told CTV's Bob Fife, “Bob, I did not know that Mr. Wright was going to cut that cheque. Beyond that, I will speak at the appropriate time. Now is not the appropriate time.”
Fife then asked Novak if he had read the email in which Wright informed him that he was sending the $90,000 cheque.
“No I did not see that email, Bob,” Novak replied. “I first saw that email when it was disclosed much, much later.”
So, Sugar Ray, is going to say that Special Counsel Ben Perrin's crystal clear testimony that he watched Novak's face when Wright told them he was cutting the cheque to Duffy was a fabrication, an outright falsehood, rank perjury. Then he'll fall back on the now-standard "dog ate my homework" excuse to explain not reading the email from the then chief of staff, Nigel Wright.
It's hard to say if Duffy will spend any time behind bars but it's possible that Novak might. At the moment, Novak has two choices - spin wildly implausible tales or expose his prime minister as a chronic and willful liar.
Apology: Try as I might I was unable to find a suitable Mr. Burns and Smithers clip to post here. My failure has left me deeply remorseful.