Mar 2, 2019

Former Canadian minister denies Trudeau committed a crime, despite interference claims

In this image, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks to the right.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada's former attorney general and Justice Minister, testified on Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pressured her to drop corruption charges against SNC-Lavalin, an engineering company that employs many people in Trudeau's hometown.

What to watch: When asked if she thought Trudeau or others involved had committed a crime, Wilson-Raybould said she did not. Trudeau has not denied asking her to reach a settlement agreement with SNC-Lavalin, per Politico, but he disputes her characterization of the event. Andrew Scheer, the Canadian Conservative leader who hopes to usurp Trudeau in the October 23 election, has sent a letter to authorities requesting an investigation into the alleged incident.

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