“The RCMP is examining this matter carefully with all available information and will take appropriate actions as required,” spokesperson Chantal Payette said in a statement to Global News.
Whether a criminal offence occurred is far from clear-cut, said Ottawa criminal lawyer Michael Spratt, adding that RCMP investigators may be looking at whether an obstruction of justice charge could be laid.
“It’s not clear that Trudeau didn’t obstruct justice,” Spratt said. “But it’s far from clear whether there would be any reasonable prospect of conviction.”
Spratt said the evidence shows the Prime Minister’s Office engaged in a concerted effort to interfere with the independence of prosecution, which could lead to an “obstruction of justice charge.”