Tuesday, October 22, 2013
When Mike Duffy Declared War on Stephen Harper
OMG. Can you believe how this sordid Senate scandal has become a real horror movie? And Stephen Harper's worst nightmare.
First the old werewolf went after Old Duff, then Old Puff went after HIM !!!!
Now it's open warfare.
Well, that was edifying. The Conservative government and one of its senators would appear to have spent the better part of the last year discreetly blackmailing each other. Now they are doing so openly.
And even Andrew Coyne can figure out that this wasn't the work of some lone PMO operative, it was a vast CONSPIRACY.
Contrary to the picture the PMO has put about, of a lone Wright, acting on his own and without consultation, suddenly deciding to pay Duffy’s expenses out of his own personal fortune, Duffy offers further evidence that it was part of a sustained exercise in damage control of which a good many top Conservatives either knew or took part, among them — according to Wright’s lawyers — three officials in the PMO, including Benjamin Perrin, then the prime minister’s legal counsel.
This is not only contrary to what the prime minister told Parliament in the spring — in question period Monday, he appeared to concede that, saying (in French) that his answers were “according to the information I had at the time” — it defies common sense. It is, on the face of it, illegal to make under-the-table payments to senators; whether or not a crime was committed here, it would surely raise all sorts of alarm bells among those who knew of it. Yet no one told the prime minister? Not even his own lawyer?
And of course, as I pointed out long ago, you don't F**K with Old Duff...
What game is Duffy playing? His lawyer made several pointed references to the mountains of emails in his possession, yet refused to release any, saying they would come out in the event Duffy’s case goes to trial. It was hard not to pick up the suggestion they might stay unreleased if… if what? What does he want? What can the government give him? Who’s blackmailing whom?
Because he knows so many juicy stories I bet he could bring down half the Con caucus eh?
And let's be clear. If Duffy's story is true, Stephen Harper's isn't. And if it isn't then he has a REAL problem.
Did Prime Minister Stephen Harper lie to the House of Commons about the backroom dealings between his chief of staff and Sen. Mike Duffy?
Last spring, Harper said he didn’t know about the deal between Nigel Wright and Duffy to repay more than $90,000 in inappropriate expense claims. He also said that no one in his office knew about Wright’s decision to write the mysterious cheque
But there is a problem with that statement, one that led the NDP last Thursday to propose a motion that could lead to the prime minister being found in contempt of Parliament. The problem is that Wright’s lawyers told the RCMP that he did tell other members of the PMO staff: his assistant David van Hemming, Chris Woodcock, the PMO issues manager and Benjamin Perrin, Harper’s legal counsel. Sen. Irving Gerstein, chair of the Conservative Fund Canada, was in the loop.
Because all of the above, makes it almost impossible to believe that the control freak Harper didn't know what was going on in his own office.
And if his claim that he knew nothing turns out NOT to be true, he could be accused of orchestrating a COVER-UP.
And of course if Duffy knows that Harper knew, he has him over a BARREL.
So who knows who will have the last laugh....
But what I do know is that it is looking more and more likely that this will be Harper's epitaph:
First he corrupted his country, and then he corrupted HIMSELF.
Yup. You can't put lipstick on those old Con hogs eh?
The fun is just beginning.
And the best is still to come...
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