OTTAWA — The RCMP has decided to file charges against Mike Duffy, according to a statement issued by the suspended senator’s lawyer late Wednesday.
Donald Bayne did not specify what the charges will be, but insisted that his client did not commit a crime.
“We are confident that when the full story is told, as it will be, and shown to be supported by many forms of evidence, it will be clear that Sen. Duffy is innocent of any criminal wrong-doing,” said Bayne.
The Senate voted last fall to suspend the former Conservative senator from Prince Edward Island as part of an ongoing controversy over disputed living expenses.
The RCMP has been investigating the housing claims and a $90,000 payment made to Duffy by Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, so Duffy could pay back the disputed claims.
The RCMP said in April that no charges would be laid against Wright, who resigned as Harper’s right-hand man after it was disclosed he gave Duffy a $90,000 cheque.
Bayne said the evidence will show Duffy ”did not want to participate in Nigel Wright’s and the PMO’s repayment scenario,” which he contends was ”concocted for purely political purposes.” […]