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KINSELLA: What is obstruction of justice?

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28.07.2019

Law class, we are in session.

Today’s lesson: what’s obstruction of justice?

It’s a topic that has been discussed a lot, lately, on both sides of the border. Special Counsel Robert Mueller talked about it when appearing before Congress this week.

And, up here in the Canada, the SNC-Lavalin scandal is back in the news — because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has welcomed back one of the big names associated with it. And that scandal was really all about whether Trudeau and his senior advisors may have crossed a legal line when they intervened in the corruption trial of SNC-Lavalin.

Gerald Butts, former principal secretary to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, testifies before the House of Commons justice committee on Parliament Hill on March 6, 2019 in Ottawa. (Photo by Dave Chan/Getty Images)

So what is obstruction of justice, class? Anyone?

The Criminal Code of Canada says it happens when anyone “wilfully attempts in any manner … to obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice.”

Let’s take a look at that, class. What does “wilful” mean? Our........

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