“Sen. Mike Duffy told a spellbound upper chamber Monday that the prime minister’s former chief of staff, who paid him $90,000 to cover his housing expenses, had also arranged a second cheque to pay his legal bills.” And:
A court document filed by RCMP Cpl. Greg Horton says that Wright’s lawyers told the RCMP that the March 26 payment from Wright to Duffy was a CIBC bank draft sent to Duffy’s lawyer, Janice Payne.
The source says that the transfer was handled by Cassels Brock, where Hamilton works.
Wright’s lawyers told the RCMP that the party had earlier agreed to pay Duffy’s expense bill when it was believed to be $32,000. When the party learned that the amount required was $90,000, the party balked at paying, and Wright agreed to pay it “believing it was the proper ethical decision that taxpayers not be out $90,000.”
CTV, citing Conservative sources, has reported that the late Sen. Doug Finley had opposed using party funds to make the payment to Duffy
After Duffy’s speech in the Senate today, Akin uploaded the “Duffy Documents“.
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Wright’s lawyers told the RCMP that lawyer Benjamin Perrin had knowledge of the arrangement.
Perrin had earlier disputed a CTV report that he was involved.
“I was not consulted on, and did not participate in, Nigel Wright’s decision to write a personal cheque to reimburse Senator Duffy’s expenses,” Perrin said in a May statement. “I have never communicated with the Prime Minister on this matter.”
In this video, that Brazman tweeted, Akin looks genuinely annoyed at the Prime Minister for avoiding questioning.