Trudeau’s principal secretary resigns

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s principal secretary Gerald Butts resigned on Monday amid allegations Trudeau’s office had pressured the former justice minister to help construction firm SNC-Lavalin avoid criminal prosecution.

Trudeau has faced criticism since Jody Wilson-Raybould quit Trudeau’s cabinet unexpectedly. Her departure followed a Globe and Mail newspaper report this month saying officials in Trudeau’s office had urged her to allow SNC-Lavalin to avoid a corruption trial on charges of bribing Libyan officials, and to escape with a fine instead.

That pressure was said to have come last year when Wilson-Raybould was justice minister and attorney general.

Any accusation that “I or the staff put pressure on the Attorney General (Wilson-Raybould) is not true,” Butts said in a statement on Monday.

Trudeau, who faces a re-election bid in October, accepted Butts’ resignation and said he had served the country with “integrity, sage advice and devotion.”

“I want to thank him for his service and continued friendship,” Trudeau said in a post on Twitter.

via Reuters 

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