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I listened carefully to the testimony of the former Attorney General, and like Canadians, I was sickened and appalled by her story of inappropriate, and frankly illegal pressure brought to bear on her by the highest officials of Justin Trudeau's government.

Trudeau has dismissed demands for his resignation, insisting that he has "always acted appropriately and professionally".

As for Wilson-Raybould's future as a Liberal, Trudeau said he is still mulling over whether she will be allowed to remain in caucus.

She said the pressure was exerted on her or her staff by 11 individuals in the Prime Minister's Office, the Privy Council Office and the Finance Minister Bill Morneau's office through approximately 10 phone calls, 10 meetings and numerous emails and text messages.

SNC-Lavalin is facing charges of corruption and fraud in connection with work it sought in Libya.

SNC-Lavalin was accused of issuing $48 million in bribes to Libyan officials in the decade leading up to the NATO-led overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's government in 2011.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jody Wilson-Raybould, seen here with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has so far declined to comment Why would Trudeau care about SNC-Lavalin?

Daniel Beland, a political science professor at McGill university, said Wilson-Raybould's testimony is very bad for Trudeau and threatens his re-election changes this fall. Michael Wernick, the top civil servant in the government, has also said that no inappropriate pressure was put on Wilson-Raybould.

The former principal secretary to Justin Trudeau tweeted earlier today that he would like to present his evidence to the Justice and Human Rights Committee which is now involved one of the ongoing investigations into the SNC-Lavalin scandal.

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Speaking to reporters on Thursday morning, Mr Trudeau said he disagreed with his former justice minister's "characterisation" of events and maintained his staff followed the rules.

In an email, Surrey Centre MP Randeep Sarai said he did not believe that Trudeau placed "consistent and sustained" pressure on Wilson-Raybould, but merely discussed the matter with her.

February 12 - Wilson-Raybould resigns as veterans-affairs minister and says she's hired former Supreme Court justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on the limits of solicitor-client privilege.

The opposition Conservative Party is demanding Mr Trudeau resign.

Her testimony was incredibly detailed, orderly and credible. While she noted earlier this month that she would like the opportunity to speak "her truth", she said solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality prevented her from doing so.

"I was quite taken aback", she said, adding that she looked Trudeau in the eye and asked: "Are you politically interfering with my role, my decision as the attorney general?".

But another senior member of the Liberal Party said there was growing unhappiness among legislators about how Trudeau's team had handled the matter and said the prime minister needed to replace some of his staff. It also reached a point where she felt she was receiving "veiled threats" aimed at pressuring her into providing SNC-Lavalin a DPA. She said she conducted her own due diligence and by September 16 had made up her mind that she would not overrule the director's decision or take over the prosecution herself. The Prime Minister said "No, No, No - we just need to find a solution".

"Having regard to the uncertainty regarding a remediation agreement, in December 2018 the board of directors of SNC-Lavalin established a special committee to consider options that would protect value for SNC-Lavalin stakeholders".

He said there were "many and broad conversations about the importance of defending jobs" across the country and there was "no doubt" those discussions didn't cross any legal lines.

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