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03/31/2019 15:00 EDT | Updated 03/31/2019 15:00 EDT

Gerald Butts Gives Justice Committee Notes, Texts About SNC-Lavalin

The information is in response to additional evidence submitted by Jody Wilson-Raybould.

The Canadian Press
Gerald Butts says he has provided notes and text messages to the House of Commons justice committee.

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's former principal secretary Gerald Butts says he has provided notes and text messages to the House of Commons justice committee in response to evidence filed last week by former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould on the ongoing SNC-Lavalin controversy.

In a tweet published today, Butts says he has handed over notes and texts between himself and Wilson-Raybould after having reviewed the materials she submitted last week.

On Friday, the justice committee released a 43-page brief from Wilson-Raybould, which includes emails and text messages, as well as a 17-minute audio clip of a secretly-recorded telephone call between herself and Michael Wernick, the country's top public servant.

In the Dec. 19 call, Wernick repeatedly asks Wilson-Raybould why she isn't using all tools at her disposal on the SNC-Lavalin case, but she pushes back saying she would not override the decision of the director of public prosecutions to pursue criminal charges against SNC-Lavalin for bribery and fraud.

Wernick told her the prime minister is "quite determined" on the matter and would likely "find a way to get it done one way or another."

Butts, who resigned as Trudeau's principle secretary last month, told the justice committee he believes nobody from the Prime Minister's Office did anything wrong and that Wilson-Raybould never complained about facing improper pressure on the case.

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