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Trudeau Violated Ethics Law in SNC-Lavalin Case, Watchdog Finds

OTTAWA — Canada’s federal ethics commissioner said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated an ethics law when he and his staff pushed the former attorney general to settle a corruption case against a major engineering company.

In a long-awaited report, the commissioner, Mario Dion, said Mr. Trudeau had used his office “to circumvent, undermine and ultimately attempt to discredit” the former attorney general and former justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, breaking a longstanding tradition of separating the justice system from political interference.

The report comes just weeks before campaigning officially begins for Canada’s national elections in October, when Mr. Trudeau will press his case for another term in office.

Political turmoil has enveloped Mr. Trudeau since reports surfaced in February that Ms. Wilson-Raybould believed that the prime minister and members of his staff had improperly pressured her to settle a bribery case against the engineering company, SNC-Lavalin, with a fine that avoided a criminal conviction.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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