A former legal adviser of the Prime Minister's Office wrapped up his testimony today, saying he believed Stephen Harper had directly approved the details of a plan by members of his staff to pay back Mike Duffy's living expenses.
Benjamin Perrin, who is testifying for a second day at the senator's trial in Ottawa, referred to an email in which Harper's then chief of staff Nigel Wright wrote "we are good to go from the PM."
Members of the PMO, including Wright, had come up with a five-point plan in Feb. 2013 that would see Duffy agree to a deal in which he would admit he had made an unintentional mistake and pledge to repay the expenses, at the time thought to be $32,000.
Part of that plan would see Duffy's expenses covered, though not by the senator himself, and that he would be removed from an audit looking into his questionable claims.
"My understanding from that email is that the prime minister himself had approved of the five points that had been set out by Mr. Wright," Perrin said.
"When Mr. Wright wrote 'good to go' from the prime minister I took that to mean the prime minister himself had directly approved them."
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