Welcome, Con chief counsel Arthur Hamilton, to Perps with Perks for your part in the Senate scandal - Wrighting a cheque to Mike Duffy's lawyer - "CON FUNDS $13,560" - while Duffy was under investigation to pay off his legal bills and shut him up so as not to arouse the Wrath of Cons.
"Cheque(s)" actually because we haven't yet seen the other Hamilton cheque stub Duffy mentioned last week, along with all the other paperwork the PMO assured CBC doesn't exist.
About that CON FUND mentioned on Hamilton's cheque - flashback to 2011 re the Cons' in-and-out scheme when Hamilton was counsel for that too.
"There were six people in charge of the Conservative Fund. Four are now charged. Nigel Wright is the fifth, and while two of them were rewarded with plush Senate seats, he's the chief of staff to the Prime Minister."Previously, Hamilton is best known to us for ignoring Elections Canada entreaties to look into Con election fraud events perped in the days just prior to the last election, taking months to set up interviews with witnesses in Elections Canada's Guelph robocall investigation, and pre-empting the witnesses' lawyers when they finally got underway under his supervision.
To quote federal court judge Richard Mosley in the legal challenge alleging widespread voter suppression in the last federal election, the Cons, represented by Hamilton, "engaged in trench warfare in an effort to prevent this case from coming to a hearing on the merits."
Yesterday we heard Steve on the radio saying he'd "dismissed" Nigel Wright.
What a long ways we've come from the Con story in May when "good Samaritan" Wright was only trying to protect taxpayers by writing a cheque for his good ole buddy Duffy. Steve was "very clear" he knew nothing at all about it and "immediately made this information public" after CTV had already reported it. Heh.
Steve then "accepted Wright's resignation with regret".
Now Steve says he fired Wright and "a few" people in the PMO were in the know - 13 according to Robert Fife.
So it seems the Con Party chief counsel Arthur Hamilton was in on it from the very beginning, unless of course Hamilton had no idea why he was writing the cheque to Duffy out of the Con Fund.
Maybe, like Steve, no one ever tells him anything either.
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Mon evening update : Thinking about Steve's recent indignant law and order rhetoric re Duffy - presumably for the benefit of his base prior to their annual national convention next week. The delicious irony here is now he has to explain to them why their party donations were used to pay off the legal bills Duffy incurred due to PMO-directed Senate investigations against him.