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UPDATED - The PMO chief of staff, the senator and the $90K cheque: A timeline

A chronological rundown of what we know so far about that now notorious $90,00 arrangement between the embattled senator and the PM's former chief of staff. 

09/19/13 - Added new information from PMO visitor logs obtained by PostMedia via ATI request.

10/09/13 - Added details on February 20, 2013 email from Duffy to Wright on redactions to his calendar. 

10/24/13 - Added information from Duffy's statement to the Senate on October 22, 2013. 

10/28/2013 - Added information from Duffy's October 28 statement and documents tabled in the Senate 

For ease of reading, the latest additions are in red

Dec. 4: In response to an email from Duffy titled "Smear - Background FYI" on the original PostMedia article on his living expense claims, Wright writes that he has been "told" that Duffy "complied with all the applicable rules" [on expenses], and notes that "there would be several Senators with similar arrangements." He concludes: "This sure seems to be a smear."

Dec. 6, 2012: Senate internal economy committee announces it will conduct an audit to assess "whether all senators' declarations of primary and secondary residence are supported by sufficient documentation." Documentation includes provincial health card, driver's license and voting registration.

According to Duffy's first extended public statement on the controversy, which he delivered in a speech to the Senate on October 22, as soon as the story broke, he "immediately contacted Nigel Wright, the Prime Minister's chief of staff, and explained that I was doing nothing improper." His account continues:

"Nigel Wright emailed me back, saying he'd had my expenses checked and he was satisfied that my accounts were in order, that all was in compliance with Senate rules. In fact, he said, there were several other senators in the same situation. This was in December 2012. Mr. Wright said the story is a smear." 

Feb. 4, 2013: P.E.I. Health Minister Doug Currie confirms to CBC News that Conservative Senator Mike Duffy applied for a provincial health card just before Dec. 25, 2012.

Feb. 5: CBC News reports that a property tax assessment shows Duffy does not receive a P.E.I. resident tax credit for his Cavendish home.

Feb. 8: Senate announces it has hired outside auditor Deloitte to examine the residency declarations and related expenses of Conservative senators Duffy and Patrick Brazeau, as well as Liberal Senator Mac Harb. It is also seeking legal advice about Duffy's residency status.

Feb. 11: Duffy meets with unidentified host (and possibly other participants) in Room 204 from 12:07 - 12:54 pm.

Later that day and in a different room, Conservative Senate Leader Claude Carignan meets with Government House Leader Peter Van Loan and his parliamentary secretary, Scott Reid and Conservative caucus chair Guy Lauzon, as well as an unidentified PMO host, between 3-4:30 pm. 

(Although the topic under discussion at that confab is, as yet, unknown, given the timing and the participants, it seems at least possible that it may have involved a Senate-related controversy that could soon envelop the Conservative caucus.) 

In his October 28 statement to the Senate, Duffy confirmed that he met with Wright on the same day -- and, indeed, may have been one of the attendees at the confab in Room 204. , This, Duffy told the Senate, was "when I first heard about and immediately voiced my objection to this fake pay-back scheme."

According to Duffy, Wright agrees to arrange a meeting between Duffy and the PM, which would take place two days later, on February 13.

Feb. 12 - Senator Tkachuk meets with another -- or possibly the same -- unidentified host in Langevin 204 from 1:41 pm until just after 2pm. Shortly after he departs, Senator Irving Gerstein drops by L204. A few moments later, Gerstein and the unidentified host are joined by an unidentified third party, who departs an hour later. Gerstein, however, stays until 4:30 pm.

Feb. 13: Following a weekly Conservative caucus meeting, Duffy approaches the PM to discuss his situation. According to PMO sources, Harper responds by making it clear to the senator that all inappropriate expenses should be repaid. 

The details of this encounter were not made public until May 31, when, during Question Period, parliamentary secretary Pierre Poilievre refers to a conversation between the two that had taken place "in February." 

Later that day, PMO staff confirm that it took place on February 13. 

In his October 22 speech to the Senate, Duffy went into detail about the meeting in question, during which, he recalled, both the PM and Wright were present -- "just the three of us," he emphasized more than once.

"I said that despite the smear in the papers, I had not broken the rules," he continued, "but the Prime Minister wasn't interested in explanations or the truth." Duffy characterized the PM's position as follows "It's not about what you did; it's about the perception of what you did that has been created in the media. The rules are inexplicable to our base."

"I argued I'm just following the rules like all of the others," Duffy noted. "But it didn't work. I was ordered by the Prime Minister: Pay the money back, end of discussion. Nigel Wright was present throughout, just the three of us."

According to that same statement, the following week, he and Wright held "a series of discussions," via phone, with Wright.

"I said I didn't believe I'd broken the rules," Duffy told his Upper House colleagues, "and that to repay would be an admission of guilt. Canadians know me as an honest guy. To pay back money I didn't owe would destroy my reputation."

But "the PMO piled on the pressure," he said.

"Some honourable senators called me in P.E.I. One senator in particular left several particularly nasty and menacing messages: Do what the Prime Minister wants. Do it for the PM and for the good of the party. I continued to resist. Finally, the message from the PMO became: Do what we want or else."

Duffy continued:

"And what was the "else"? He said the Conservative majority on the steering committee of the Board of Internal Economy, Senator Tkachuk and Senator Stewart Olsen, would issue a press release declaring me unqualified to sit in the Senate. However, if you do what we want, the Prime Minister will publicly confirm that you're entitled to sit as a senator from P.E.I. and you won't lose your seat. Tkachuk and Stewart Olsen are ready to make that press release now. I said: They don't have the power to do that. He said: Agree to what we want right now or else.

I made one last effort. I said: I don't believe I owe anything, and besides which, I don't have $90,000. Don't worry, Nigel said, I'll write the cheque. Let the lawyers handle the details; you just follow the plan and we'll keep Carolyn Stewart Olsen and David Tkachuk at bay."

Feb. 20: In an email obtained by CTV News, Duffy allegedly writes that PMO Chief of Staff Nigel Wright "worked out a 'scenario'" which included "cash for the repayment" of all living expenses claimed. 

According to court documents obtained by CBC News, in an email dated February 20, 2013 that was provided to the RCMP by Wright, Duffy notes that he and "Mary" had "copied and redacted [his] 4 years of diaries; added a summary of [his] days in PEI, and pics of the cottage under construction etc. and sent it to Nigel by Purolator." The binder in question was turned over to the RCMP by Wright on on August 21, 2013.

It is not (yet) clear whether this is the same email that eventually found its way to CTV News. 

Feb. 22: Duffy tells CBC News in P.E.I. that he and his wife "are going to voluntarily pay back my living expenses related to the house we have in Ottawa." He blames the expenses controversy on a confusing residency declaration form and unclear rules.

That same day, Duffy sends a letter to Tkachuk, in which he states that, despite having "filled out the... forms in good faith" and believing himself to be "in compliance with the rules ... after reviewing all aspects of this matter, it turns out [he] may have been mistaken."

He requests that the committee "provide [him forthwith with the amount that must be repaid in order to settle this matter in full."

Feb. 27: Tkachuk replies to Duffy's letter, and informs him that the total amount to repaid, including interest, works out to $90.172.24.

March 1: LeBreton tells CBC News via email that "Senator Duffy maintains a residence in P.E.I. and is qualified to sit in the Senate."

March 4: Duffy's lawyer, Elizabeth Payne, sends an invoice for $13,560 to Cassels Brock lawyer Arthur Hamilton, who frequently represents the Conservative Party. According to Duffy, this was to cover legal fees related to the Senate expense repayment deal.

March 11: In response to an email from Duffy asking what "Marjory's letter" means "for our talks," Wright assures him that he "had no foreknowledge of it" -- when he learned about it, he "asked for all unilateral action from that office to cease before being cleared with me." He adds, "I was not pleased."

March 25: According to documents received by the RCMP, via bank draft. Wright transfers $90,172.24 to Duffy's lawyer. 

March 26: Auditor Deloitte receives a letter from Duffy's legal counsel stating that Duffy had repaid more than $90,000 in expenses, and would no longer be participating in the audit.

April 4: Arthur Hamilton sends a "trust cheque" for $13,560, drawn on his law firm's account, to Duffy's lawyer, Elizabeth Payne.

April 16: According to the application for a production order (ITO) filed by the RCMP on June 24, the Deloitte auditors present their initial findings to Senate subcommittee members David Tkachuk, George Furey and Carolyn Stewart-Olson. "the auditors advised that they had noticed that Duffy had claimed NCR per diem while appearing to be in Florida during January 2012."

Later that evening, Tkachuk and Duffy hold the "informal conversation" that led to Duffy's "discovery" that he had "inadvertently charged ... per diems for several days when [he] was not in the National Capital Region." 

April 18: Duffy appears to tell Global News he is waiting for the results of the outside audit to decide whether to repay any housing and living expenses.

That same day, Duffy sends a confidential letter to Tkachuk, in which he notes that, following the "informal conversation" on April 16th -- presumably but not explicitly stated to be with Tkachuk --  he has "discovered that through a clerical error, per diems were inadvertently charged for several days when I was not in the National Capital Region," which he blames on a 'temporary worker' in his office. 

He offers to "reimburse the Senate without hesitation," and says he would also be "happy to appear before [the] committee or subcommittee or auditors from Deloitte" to answer questions "on this or .. .my residency in PEI."

In a later interview with Maclean's reporter Aaron Wherry, Tkachuk confirmed that he did indeed speak to Duffy about expense claims that were reportedly filed for a date on which the Deloitte auditors had confirmed he was actually in Florida.

According to Tkachuk's account, upon learning of those expenses, he "sort of put that in [his] noggin," and "went to see Mike" to let him know that he had a "problem," and had "better straighten this out and get [himself] organized.

Duffy, he recalled, asked him what he should do, and Tkachuk advised him to write a letter to the auditors, at which point Duffy asked if he could write that letter to Tkachuk instead, who replied that he "didn't care" to whom Duffy wrote the letter, but stressing that it should go to the auditors, which, as per Tkachuk, "was exactly what he did."

In Tkachuk's view, he "tipped him off about nothing" -- in fact, he "actually helped the audit find out that he had, I think, 12 days billed during that time." 

April 19: Duffy issues statement saying he has repaid more than $90,000 in housing and living expenses. Senate committee on internal economy confirms $90,172.24 repayment, but does not say when payment was made.

April 20: Deloitte receives, from Duffy's lawyer, a copy of the April 18 letter from Duffy to Tkachuk offering to meet with the Senate or Deloitte. Deloitte later says it understood the Senate subcommittee had notified Duffy the "offer to meet with Deloitte would delay the process, and that the subcommittee agreed that there should be no further delays in the process."

April 22: Tkachuk's office receives the April 18th letter from Duffy, which had already been passed along to the Deloitte auditors by Duffy's lawyer.

April 25: On behalf of committee, Tkachuk announces, via news release, that "barring unforeseen delays," it expects to receive the reports on residential expenses on May 9, 2013.

Tkachuk also replies to Duffy's April 22 letter, in which he rejects Duffy's offer to meet with the committee or the auditors, as it 'stands to delay the process,' while reminding him that he had already failed to respond to repeated requests from Deloitte to produce additional documents, nor had he or his lawyer met with the auditors.

May 7: -  In his June 19th interview with the RCMP, Liberal Senator George Furey stated that it was on this date that the subcommittee -- which, again, consisted of himself and Conservative Senators Tkachuk and Stewart-Olsen -- received the first draft of the subcommittee report, which is "usually prepared" by Senate Clerk Gary O'Brien. The three senators make "minor changes" to the report, which, as per Furey, "contained 3 main criticisms of Duffy."

In a subsequent (June 21) interview with the RCMP, Stewart-Olsen confirms that the subcommittee made changes to the report on both May 7th and 8th, but claims she doesn't remember what those changes were. 

According to CBC sources, Duffy is in the room when the draft report is tabled; but, as his lawyer wasn't able to make it, further discussion on adopting the draft was postponed until the following day.

May 8:  In his June 19th interview with the RCMP, Liberal Senator George Furey stated that Tkachuk proposed the removal of "2 of the 3 criticisms" in the draft report, and notes that he objected, but was in the minority, as Stewart-Olsen sided with Tkachuk. As a result, the report was amended. 

That same day, Internal economy committee meets behind closed doors to receive reports from steering and subcommittees, including the original draft of the Duffy report, which included language on the "very clear" rules and lack of ambiguity on the guidelines to claim a secondary residence.

May 9: The full committee meets with Duffy and his lawyer -- again, behind closed doors -- to discuss the draft report. Duffy is allegedly questioned on his Florida per diem claims, as well as filling out forms, after which he and his lawyer leave.

At that point, CBC sources say, Conservative Senator Carolyn Stewart Olson proposes an amendment that would remove the remaining critical language from the Duffy report.

A Liberal senator asks Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella to leave, but he refuses to do so, and the amendment is passed by a majority vote. 

In his June 19th interview with the RCMP, Furey confirmed that it was during this meeting that the final criticism of Duffy was removed from the report by the Conservative majority. 

Later that afternoon, the outside audits and committee's reports on Brazeau, Duffy and Harb are tabled in the Senate.

Immediately afterwards, the committee's Liberal deputy chair, George Furey, rises on a point of order to complain that the reports were presented in a manner that suggested unanimity, which, he indicates, was not the case.

The Liberals also deny the requested consent to concur in the reports without further debate.

Meanwhile, in a statement posted to his website, Duffy notes that the audit "has indicated that there is a 'lack of clarity' in the Senate's rules and definitions with regard to residency and housing allowance," which, he claims, "is consistent with the position I have maintained since this controversy first arose." 

He also acknowledges that the review "revealed a single claim, totaling $1050.60," which he says was "erroneously claimed due to an administrative oversight," and repaid as part of the "total reimbursement of just over $90,000." 

The statement concludes with Duffy noting that he is "pleased the Senate has decided in light of Deloitte's findings, to now clarify the rules and definitions with respect to residency and housing allowances," and declining further comment on the matter. 

May 14: Brazeau says in a press release that he met the Senate's own rules for housing expenses and calls for a public hearing on his case.

May 15: Following a report by CTV News, PMO spokesman Andrew MacDougall confirms the prime minister's chief of staff, Nigel Wright, wrote a personal cheque for $90,172.24 to repay Duffy's living expenses, and says the cheque was a gift, not a loan. Conservative spokesman Fred Delorey says "no party money involved in any way" in Duffy repayment. Duffy and Wright decline comment.

According to Duffy's October 22 testimony in the Senate, it was at this point that "PMO was back with a vengeance."

Here's what he told the Senate happened next: "I was called at home in Cavendish by Ray Novak, senior assistant to the Prime Minister. He had with him Senator LeBreton, Leader of the Government in the Senate. Senator LeBreton was emphatic: The deal was off. If I didn't resign from the Conservative caucus within 90 minutes, I'd be thrown out of the caucus immediately, without a meeting, without a vote. In addition, she said, if I didn't quit the caucus immediately, I'd be sent to the Senate Ethics Committee, with orders from the leadership to throw me out of the Senate."

"With Ray Novak, my wife and my sister listening in on the call, Senator LeBreton was insistent: "You've got to do this, Mike. Do what I'm telling you. Quit the caucus within the next 90 minutes. It's the only way to save your paycheque.""

May 16: Mike Duffy quits the Conservative caucus to sit as an Independent senator "pending resolution" of the expense questions. "Throughout this entire situation I have sought only to do the right thing. I look forward to all relevant facts being made clear in due course, at which point I am hopeful I will be able to rejoin the Conservative caucus," Duffy says in a statement. PMO says Nigel Wright has the "full confidence" of the prime minister.

That same day, RCMP Sensitive and International Investigations officer-in-charge Supt. Biage Carrese sends a letter to Senate Clerk Gary O'Brien, who notes that the agency "is conducting a review" of the Deloitte examinations into Brazeau, Harb and Duffy, and 'respectfully requests' copies of travel and living expense-related policies -- both current, and all versions for the last ten years -- as well as "the calendar when the Senate sat during that same period."

May 17: PMO spokesman says Wright is "staying on."

.May 19: Nigel Wright resigns "in light of the controversy surrounding my handling of matters involving Senator Duffy," adding he did not tell Harper of the repayment "either before or after the fact." Harper says in a statement he accepted Wright's resignation "with great regret." Ray Novak, Harper's principal secretary, takes over as chief of staff.

May 21: Prime Minister Stephen Harper allows journalists into the opening portion of a Conservative caucus meeting while he speaks to his MPs and senators. He tells them he is "very upset" about the recent conduct of "some parliamentarians" and his own office, but he does not name names and does not specifically address the Senate spending scandal. He does not take questions from reporters, who are asked to leave when he finished speaking.

In a special evening sitting, the Senate decided to send Duffy's audit report back to its internal economy committee for a second review, but rejects a Liberal proposal to skip the re-review in favour of referring it directly to the "appropriate authorities" -- specifically, the RCMP.

May 22: Liberal Senate Leader James Cowan challenges LeBreton to agree to hold all related committee hearings in public. She declines to do so, citing the right of the committee to decide such protocol matters for itself.

Meanwhile, Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella responds to the May 16th request from the RCMP by sending the officer copies of all requested documentation,which he signs "with every good wish."

May 23: During routine proceedings, Kinsella informs the Senate of both the request from the RCMP, and his response, and notes that "we will continue to cooperate with them during the course of their work."

Later that afternoon, Duffy speaks to reporters for the first time since the scandal broke, and assures them that he, too, wants a "full and open inquiry" on the matter. When asked if the PM knew about his deal with Wright, Duffy gives the following, somewhat enigmatic reply: "I have no idea, I would find ... I just don't know."

May 28: The full internal economy committee prepares to hold a rare public meeting to discuss its pending re-examination of the Duffy report. 

At that meeting, Senate finance officials reveal that further analysis of Duffy's per diem expense claims showed a "pattern that raises concerns." 

After some discussion, the committee votes unanimously to restore the full language of the original report, which was allegedly edited just before release to remove sections similar to those that had appeared in the reports on Senators Harb and Brazeau, and to refer the matter to the RCMP. 

May 31: For the first time, PMO officials confirm that the PM had, in fact, discussed expenses with Duffy during a post-caucus chat on February 13th. According to those sources, the PM made it clear at the time that any inappropriate claims should be repaid. 

June 4: Senate ethics office Lyse Ricard confirms that she has suspended her review of Duffy's expenses until the RCMP has completed its investigation.

June 10 - In response to a second request from the RCMP, the Senate turns over a CD containing Duffy's annual declarations of primary and secondary residence since 2011 and his Ottawa living expense claims between April 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012, as well as the Clerk's summary of findings and minutes from the May 28th meeting of the internal economy committee.

June 13 - Nigel Wright's lawyer, Patrick McCann, contacts the office of lead RCMP investigator Cpl. Greg Horton to advise them that they "would be sending some information to the RCMP," which turns out to be a letter stating that, at the time Wright paid Duffy, "he was unaware of any fraudulent expense claims on Duffy's part," and noting that he "was willing to meet with investigators to provide whatever information may be required from him."

Later that day, Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson announces that she, too, has been obliged to put her investigation into the $90,000 payment on hold due to the RCMP probe.

June 19 - During an initial meeting to "discuss the circumstances under which any future interview with Wright might take place," RCMP investigators inform McCann and Peter Mantas that both Duffy and Wright were being investigated, and that "a decision on whether to interview Wright as a suspect or a witness had not been made."

In response, Wright's lawyers "further advise" the RCMP of the following, as taken directly from the ITO:

a. Wright's role was to manage the Conservative Party, part of which was to deal with matters that could cause embarrassment;

b. Wright was of the view that Duffy should repay the money for the secondary housing, and had discussions with him in that regard;

c. Duffy was concerned that he did not have the money to cover the reimbursement;

d. Duffy was of the view that if he did not claim a primary residence in PEI, then his Senate seat could be in jeopardy. Wright assured him that was not the case

e. The Conservative Party was initially going to repay the money for Duffy, from a Conservative fund, when it was believed that the amount he owed was approximately $32,000. The fund is controlled by Senator Gerstein;

f. When it was realized that the cost was actually $90,000, it was too much money to ask the Conservative Party to cover;

g. Wright then offered to cover the cost for Duffy, believing it was the proper ethical decision that tax payers not be out that amount of money;

h. There was no written contract between Wright and Duffy;

i. Wright asked for two conditions from Duffy:
i. Pay back the money right away
ii. Stop talking to the media about it

j. Wright sent the money to Duffy's lawyer, surname Payne

k. The payment to Duffy was made with a bank draft on March 26, 2013;

l. Wright received no direction from anyone to make the offer;

m. Wright and Duffy knew each other, but were not friends;

n. Wright did not make similar offers to other Senators being investigated;

o. Wright does not expect any of the money back;

p. Wright obtained a copy of the letter from the Senate to Duffy, stating how much he would need to reimburse;

q. Some people within the PMO were aware of the arrangement, but Prime Minister Harper was not

r. McCann and Mantas were not aware of any involvement this deal may have had regarding the altered Senate report draft.

That same day, the RCMP interviews Senator Furey, who provides further details on the timeline of the changes that were made to the report by both the subcommittee and the full committee between May 7th and May 9th, which he alleges were adopted by the Conservative majority against the wishes of the minority opposition, including himself.

June 21: The RCMP receives a letter from Mantas stating that Wright "recalls" that he told the following people that he would personally provide funds to repay Duffy's claimed secondary residence expenses," and names PMO staffers David van Hemmen, Chris Woodcock and Benjamin Perrin, as well as Senator Irving Gerstein.

The note also includes an electronic copy of the CIBC bank draft made out to Duffy's lawyer, which is dated March 25, 2013.

Meanwhile, the RCMP interviews Senator Carolyn Stewart-Olsen, who "provides much of the same background" as Furey, but claims she can't remember what changes were made to the report, and asserts that "no one directed or influenced her to change the report."

She also confirms that she and Tkachuk "discussed the report outside of the subcommittee meetings," and claims that the three paragraphs were removed from the Duffy report because he had repaid the $90,000. She also states that she was unaware that Wright had actually paid the money "until hearing it on the news."

June 24: Lead RCMP investigator Greg Horton files a request for a production order for additional documents related to possible breach of trust, including Duffy's expense claims and payments, attendance and travel records, as well as "all drafts" of the internal economy committee report and a copy of the $90,272.24 cheque issued to the Receiver General.

The application also asks that the application, as well as all documents and information related thereto, be placed under a sealing order, as it relates to an "ongoing investigation involving high level political officials" that has "garnered heightened media attention," and people who have yet to be interviewed, including Tkachuk, who "is currently unable to meet because of medical reasons," Perrin, "who cannot meet investigators until after July 5th," and both Wright and Duffy.

June 26: The court grants the production and sealing orders.

July 5: The now unsealed court file results in a flurry of media reports on the details of the ITO, particularly the revelations regarding the aborted plan to have the Conservative Party pick up the tab, but balk after discovering the full amount owing, as well as the statement from Wright's lawyers that he had informed three PMO staffers of his intention to repay the money himself, which appears to contradict the PM's repeated assertion that Wright had acted alone.

PMO spokesperson Andrew MacDougall, however, contends that Horton's affidavit in support of the ITO confirms the PM "was not aware of the offer," and restates the original line, which is that Wright has "taken sole responsibility for his decision to provide his personal funds to Duffy."

Later that day, outgoing Senate Government House Leader Marjory LeBreton tells PostMedia that she, too, had been interviewed by the RCMP -- on July 3, just one day before she would announce her intention to step down from the job -- but not the Senate -- in the fall. 

July 6: Questioned about the latest allegations during a media availability in Calgary, the PM tells reporters that Horton's affidavit "makes it very clear that the decision to pay money to Mr. Duffy out of Mr. Wright's personal funds was made solely by Mr. Wright and was his responsibility."

He reiterates that if he had known about it earlier, he "never would have allowed this to take place," and notes that when he answered questions on the matter in the House, he did so "to the best of [his] knowledge."

July 7: PostMedia initially reports, then removes all reference to, a quote from MacDougall stating that Woodcock had "informed our office that he was not aware of Mr. Wright's personal cheque being used to reimburse Mr. Duffy until May 15th," which would directly contradict the information allegedly provided to the RCMP by Wright's lawyers on June 19th.

Both the quote and the claim that Woodcock had denied knowledge of the cheque vanish from later versions of the story, although the URL containing the original headline remains unchanged.

The story is subsequently amended to include the following note: "A previous version of this story contained incorrect information that was supplied by the Prime Minister's Office. It has been updated to reflect the latest information made available to Postmedia News." 

July 17: In response to a CTV report that claimed PMO was "withholding from the RCMP" the now infamous February 20 email allegedly sent by Duffy to unspecified recipients, in which he allegedly outlined the details of the $90,000 repayment plan," spokesperson Julie Vaux tells the Canadian Press that the office "has not been asked for this email," but "refuse[s} to say ... whether the RCMP had requested "other emails or documentation regarding the $90,000 cheque [...] or whether the Mounties have interviewed anyone at PMO." 

November 20 - New court documents reveal the RCMP is investigating both Wright and Duffy for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in a probe that now also includes the Prime Minister's Office.

December 2 - Emails from former PMO legal advisor Benjamin Perrin that were initially thought to have been deleted when he left the office are discovered by the Privy Council Office, which hands them over to the RCMP.

January 14, 2014 - As the investigation continues, the RCMP retrieves a hard drive from the prime minister's lawyer, Robert Stanley

March 27 - The Prime Minister's Office turns over a Purolator courier receipt to the RCMP for an item shipped to Wright from Charlottetown on February 21, 2013. 


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