Brazeau’s staff interviewed by RCMP

Sen. Patrick Brazeau enters a vehicle on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Feb.12, 2013. Senators have voted to force Brazeau, who is facing criminal charges, to take a leave of absence from the upper chamber.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – The RCMP has interviewed members of Sen. Patrick Brazeau’s staff, his office confirmed Monday.

But Brazeau’s spokeswoman Debby Simms did not say when or what was discussed.

“There is an investigation underway, we are not at liberty to discuss specifics,” she said in an email.

An Ottawa Citizen report Monday said staff was interviewed in Brazeau’s Parliament Hill office last week and officers were also sent to the home of one of his assistants to inquire about his residency. Simms would not confirm those details, calling them “the stuff of rumours.”

The RCMP expanded its investigation of Senators Mike Duffy and Mac Harb last week, examining elections returns of 12 Conservatives in relation to Duffy as well as Harb’s property records.

According to documents filed in Ottawa provincial court, the nature of the investigation into Duffy is an alleged breach of trust.

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The RCMP confirmed June 13 it was investigating Nigel Wright, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, who gave Duffy a $90,000 cheque to pay back his improperly claimed living expenses.

Last week, Brazeau’s office wrote to the Senate ethics commissioner to look into the conduct of the Senate’s board of internal economy in dealing with his housing claims.

Brazeau is facing assault and sexual assault charges and will appear in court on Oct. 9. He has pleaded not guilty.

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