Gerald Butts, Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary, resigned yesterday.
It was a lengthy, self-serving statement, saying he did nothing wrong, and he was a saint, and never had an impure thought, and didn’t know anyone else who did — but he’s resigning anyways, because of anonymous accusations.
Yeah, sure. Let me read part of it:
Recently, anonymous sources have alleged that I pressured the former Attorney General, The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, to assist SNC-Lavalin with being considered for a deferred prosecution agreement. I categorically deny the accusation that I or anyone else in his office pressured Ms. Wilson-Raybould. We honoured the unique role of the Attorney General. At all times, I and those around me acted with integrity and a singular focus on the best interests of all Canadians.
Is that really what happened? That this was all just an anonymous rumour, that there was no pressure at all on Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former Attorney General? That everything was just fine?
The federal lobbyist registry shows actually shows that enormous pressure was brought to bear.
SNC-Lavalin, a corrupt Quebec engineering firm, was caught paying $48 million in bribes in Libya to scam government contracts.
That registry also shows that SNC-Lavalin lobbied just about everyone in the Liberal government, including Gerald Butts personally, to have criminal charges dropped.
And remember: Trudeau never denied putting pressure on her — he just used weird lawyerly language, to say he never “directed” her to make a particular decision.
Yeah. That was Trudeau’s first alibi. And then he went through a whole bunch more.
His story seemed to change again and again.
And what about Gerald Butts? Why did he resign again? If he did nothing wrong, why leave?
Usually the Liberals will brazen anything out. Liberals never explain and never apologize.
We know that Gerald Butts is pretty much the opposite of clean when it comes to graft and grifting.
But here's more from the Globe and Mail today:
Along with chief of staff Katie Telford, Mr. Butts has been at Mr. Trudeau’s side since he ran for the Liberal leadership in 2013, and was a key architect of the party’s election victory in 2015. The two top aides had planned to take a leave of absence from the PMO this summer to run the October election campaign.
A senior government source said no decision had been made on a replacement for Mr. Butts. The source did not know whether Mr. Butts would now play a formal role in the election campaign.
So Butts was going to leave the PMO anyways, in a couple of months?
And he was going to run the campaign? And he still might?
Yeah, everything with these people is a lie. They’ve changed their story a half dozen times.
Meanwhile, the media’s attention span is almost out. They have zero curiosity.
Unless the RCMP do something.
Stephen Harper probably would have lost the last election anyway, or at least lost a majority. But the RCMP’s showy case against Mike Duffy — which resulted in an acquittal — was enough to feed the media to destroy Harper and give Trudeau a majority.
The RCMP could investigate, and they might lay charges — if SNC Lavalin did what they normally do; if Trudeau and cronies act like they normally act; if Gerald Butts took the same fond view of corruption as he usually does.
But unless that happens, this story’s done, folks.
And if you think for a moment that Gerald Butts isn’t going to continue to run the Liberal operation — both in the party, and in government — I don’t think you’ve been paying attention to him, or his cronies...
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