Former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould told the House of Commons justice committee last week that she and her staff had been subjected to persistent unwelcome pressure.
A motion was put forward at the committee to have Wilson-Raybould return to respond to Butts' testimony, but it was defeated by the Liberal majority on the committee.
Butts said he was startled when he learned that Wilson-Raybould felt the secret talks had threatened the independence of the criminal justice system.
Butts also said the December 18 meeting was not urgent and that all Prince was told was that he couldn't see how seeking advice from someone like former Supreme Court chief justice Beverley McLachlin constituted political interference.
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"It is a huge privilege for me to serve in this government, to serve as foreign minister for Canada", she said.
In a statement on Wednesday, Ms. Wilson-Raybould said she would be willing to appear before the justice committee if asked to give additional testimony. A conviction would keep the company from getting government contracts for a decade. Which is to say that he returned the whole scandal to exactly the place the Liberals want it - a political soap opera of "he said, she said", where only subjective perspectives are known and the facts remain forever hidden.
So, no hard feelings, no pointing fingers or anything, but if that witch Wilson-Raybould had just shut up, sat down, and done as she was told by the people who matter, we wouldn't be in this stinking mess to begin with.
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Certainly, he tried to poke holes and raise doubts about Jody Wilson-Raybould's allegation that she was dumped as Attorney General by Trudeau because she wouldn't do the PMO's bidding in discontinuing the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin, for partisan political reasons.
Did Wilson-Raybould misunderstand the terms of the waiver that permitted her to speak at all?
"Imagine for a moment that on September 16th, the day the former attorney general told this committee the decision was made, firmly and finally, that she made a public announcement to inform Canadians of that decision".
Wiseman said the last time he can recall something like this was in 1963 when three Cabinet ministers resigned over then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker's opposition to the stationing of American nuclear weapons on Canadian soil. He said Trudeau wanted to move Jane Philpott from indigenous services minister to the Treasury post and shift Wilson-Raybould, who is indigenous, to indigenous services but she refused.
A former key aide to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday denied he had inappropriately pressured a cabinet minister, in comments that could help ease a political crisis for the ruling Liberals ahead of an October election. "Had Minister Brison not resigned, Minister Wilson-Raybould would still be Minister of Justice today". May went on to accuse Trudeau's staff of making "veiled threats" against the attorney general over the Lavalin matter. But, a spokeswoman for the company said Trudeau changed his schedule. He said he should have known better than to have recommended her to the role because of this major consideration, and would have had he been provided with more notice.
He welcomed the ethics investigation, which Democracy Watch has said is flawed because the commissioner, Mario Dion, was hand-picked by Mr Trudeau's cabinet, but has dismissed opposition demands for police involvement.
The Liberals say they found Butts credible while Conservative and NDP MPs say they did not. The only explanation I can think of is that he believed if he repeated the statement about 9,000 lost jobs roughly 9,000 times, it would become true.