Watch Live: Jody Wilson-Raybould testifies on SNC-Lavalin controversy
Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould is testifying before the House of Commons justice committee, detailing what she says was a “consistent and sustained” effort to politically interfere in the SNC-Lavalin case.
This is the first time Wilson-Raybould has spoken openly about reports that she was pressured by the Prime Minister’s Office to intervene in the decision of public prosecutors to pursue a criminal prosecution of the Quebec engineering giant.
Wilson-Raybould said she was not initially able to address the reports due to solicitor-client privilege, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now given her the green light to speak — with limitations.
WATCH: Trudeau ‘pleased’ Wilson-Raybould able to testify at SNC-Lavalin hearing
The former Liberal minister said Tuesday that her hotly anticipated testimony won’t tell the whole the story because an unprecedented order-in-council waiving solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality doesn’t cover everything.
Those limitations bar her from commenting on the time after she was shuffled out of the attorney general post. She is also still forbidden from discussing any talks she may have had with the director of public prosecutions, who made the decision to pursue a criminal trial.
The latest updates on Wilson-Raybould’s testimony can be found in the live blog below.
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