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RCMP confirms investigation into Nigel Wright

OTTAWA – The RCMP confirms it is investigating former chief of staff Nigel Wright, which led Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson to announce the suspension of  her investigation into Wright, her office said Thursday.

Dawson is dropping the investigation under the Conflict of Interest Act into Wright’s “involvement in the repayment of a Senator’s expenses.” It was recently revealed Wright cut Sen. Duffy a personal $90,000 cheque to help pay off his ineligible living expenses.

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Dawson said in a release she is no longer continuing her probe, “when it was confirmed to her earlier today that Mr. Wright is also being investigated in relation to the same subject matter to determine whether he has committed an offence under an Act of Parliament.”

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The Senate ethics officer already suspended her investigation into Wright’s $90,000 payment to Duffy because the upper chamber referred the matter to the RCMP.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office said they had not been approached by the RCMP, but would provide “any possible assistance if asked.”

More to come.