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Secretive Senate panel reviewing report on Wallin expenses

ABOVE: Senator Gerald Comeau, Chair of the Internal Economy board, answers questions related to Pamela Wallin’s expense claims – but would not provide any detail on how much the embattled senator may owe

OTTAWA – The Senate’s board of internal economy is reviewing an auditor’s report that examines Sen. Pamela Wallin’s controversial expense claims.

A three-person steering committee is discussing the report behind closed doors after hearing a presentation from the private accounting firm Deloitte.

The auditors left the hearing room without stopping to speak to reporters gathered outside.

Their findings will go before the full Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration later today before the audit report is released on Tuesday.

READ MORE: Timeline: Key dates in the evolution of the Senate expense-claim controversy

Wallin was audited for about $321,000 in travel and housing expenses that she has claimed since Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed her to the upper chamber in January 2009.

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The former broadcaster, who now sits as an independent, has so far paid back $38,000 to the Senate, but the CBC is reporting Wallin could be ordered to repay more than $100,000.