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In this artist's sketch, Sen. Mike Duffy, a former member of the Conservative caucus, testifies at his trial in Ottawa, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.
OTTAWA - After six days of sharing long reminiscences and grievances, Sen. Mike Duffy is facing the Crown's scrutiny of his version of events and the atmosphere has turned prickly.
Prosecutor Mark Holmes is going methodically through Duffy's testimony as a witness in his own defence, seeking to cast doubt on the reliability of this statements.
The senator has pleaded not guilty to 31 counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, related to his contested Senate office and living expenses.
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“I'm a senator from P.E.I., I live in P.E.I., and I followed the rules,” Duffy said. “Mr Holmes, I did not break the rules, let alone the law.”
Holmes pointed out that Duffy claimed he had been summoned to former prime minister Stephen Harper's office in 2008 and Duffy said he asked Harper about the new president of the CBC.
In fact, Hubert Lacroix had been appointed the year earlier.
At one juncture, as Duffy was pressed to back up a comment about Harper's personality, Duffy said he wouldn't go along with that line of questioning.