In a stunning allegation, CTV’s Robert Fife accuses PM Stephen Harper’s chief of staff Nigel Wright of promising to cover Conservative senator Mike Duffy’s repayment of claimed living expenses:
At one point, Duffy expected the PMO to cover all of the money he’d improperly claimed – more than $90,000.
In a Feb. 20 email, Duffy said Wright worked out a “scenario” where all of his claimed living expenses would be covered, including “cash for the repayment.” (see here)
Fife just put his career on the line.
Also: See earlier post on Fife falsely attributing a quote to ex-Conservative senator Patrick Brazeau here
Update: Harper’s spokesman Andrew MacDougall admits that Wright cut a cheque from his personal account to cover Duffy’s expense re-payment (see here). Not cash though.
Update: Harper will not fire nor ask for Wright’s resignation (see here).
Update: Duffy has now stepped out of the Conservative caucus (see here)