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  Justin Trudeau's top adviser resigns as 'political meddling' scandal widens
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News DateMonday, February 18, 2019 11:35:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPrime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top adviser has resigned while denying allegations that he pressured Canada’s former attorney general to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering company.

Principal secretary Gerald Butts has been Trudeau’s closest adviser and best friend since university, and his resignation over the widening scandal was a significant blow to the prime minister, who is facing an election this year.

Butts issued a statement denying that anyone in Trudeau’s office pressured then attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould.

“I categorically deny the accusation that I or anyone else in his office pressured Ms Wilson-Raybould,” Butts said.

“But the fact is that this accusation exists. It cannot and should not take one moment away from the vital work the prime minister and his office is doing for all Canadians.”

The Globe and Mail newspaper reported this month that Trudeau or his staff pressured Wilson-Raybould to try to avoid a criminal prosecution of Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin over allegations of corruption involving government contracts in Libya.
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