I swear to tell
the whole truth,
and nothing but the truth,
so help me God.
It’s not for nothing that I’ve watched countless legal dramas on TV. This is the oath witnesses take, at least in America, and you can see exactly how such an oath would have come into being. Just telling “the truth” isn’t sufficient.
Jody Wilson-Raybould gave sworn testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee last week. It was compelling: If you haven’t seen it, I urge you to take 38 minutes and watch her statement.
So we now have her truth (or “her perspective” as the PM was characterizing it, ahead of time), and the Committee — quite rightly — is calling other witnesses to get, um, their perspectives, I guess. Who are they calling? Gerry Butts, former Principal Secretary to the PM; Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council; and Nathalie Drouin, Deputy Minister at Justice. If we’re counting noses on a “she said, he said” basis, that would be three witnesses: two alleged to have been pressuring Wilson-Raybould, and one (Drouin) who reports to one of them (Wernick).
That’s all good by me (they’ll be pleased to know, I’m sure). But I’d like to see more than presumed rebuttal witnesses: I’d like to see witnesses who could potentially corroborate Wilson-Raybould’s testimony. As, for example, her Chief of Staff, a lawyer who went with her when she was shuffled to Veterans Affairs and who had meetings, phone calls, and text exchanges with PMO officials, according to Wilson-Raybould.
That of course, only makes sense if the Committee wants, you know, the whole truth.