Harper adviser delayed robocall witness interview for legal advice, email shows - 2013-11-14

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F0.png Harper adviser delayed robocall witness interview for legal advice, email shows November 14, 2013, Stephen Maher, Canada.com

OTTAWA – One of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's top advisers instructed a potential key witness in the robocalls investigation to delay an interview with an Elections Canada investigator until she could obtain legal advice.

Jenni Byrne, who was the Conservatives' national campaign manager during the 2011 election, emailed Guelph campaign worker Andrew Prescott on Nov. 30, 2011, to ask him not to talk to an investigator looking into the "Pierre Poutine" robocall until she had a chance to talk to the party's lawyer.

Prescott, whose computer was later linked to the robocall through web data logs, consulted with party lawyer Arthur Hamilton, as instructed by the party, in December, but he didn't speak with the investigator until more than two months later – on Feb. 24, 2012, the day after the Ottawa Citizen and Postmedia News reported that the fraudulent election-day robocall had been sent through a Conservative voter-contact firm.

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