For more than 30 minutes before the House Justice Committee on Feb. 27, former federal justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould outlined how she “experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion,” in her role as attorney general of Canada and in an effort to secure a deferred prosecution agreement with SNC-Lavalin. Her testimony was powerful, detailed, backed up by prodigious notes, and its content explosive for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government. She then calmly answered questions for nearly four hours. Ms. Wilson-Raybould told MPs on how she was pressured by 11 people, including the prime minister, the clerk of the Privy Council, the prime minister’s chief of staff, the prime minister’s principal secretary, and other officials from the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Office of the Finance Minister. She said the pressure, which included veiled threats, happened during in-person conversations, including 10 meetings, and 10 telephone calls, emails, and text messages.
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