Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Now That’s a Scandal

If you think the IRS, Benghazi!, and the A.P. phone records are scandals, then what would you call what Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, is going through?

A senior member of Rob Ford’s office was interviewed by police last week about a tip linking a video allegedly showing the mayor smoking illicit drugs to a recent Toronto homicide, two separate sources have confirmed.

The staffer felt compelled to share the tip, which came to him from someone else in the mayor’s office, with police because it could constitute evidence in a homicide investigation.

The staffer did not verify the credibility of the information.

Two officers interviewed the staffer away from City Hall, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.

Staff Insp. Greg McLane, head of Toronto Police’s homicide squad, confirmed to CP24 that an interview had taken place, but said that it didn’t lead to a homicide investigation. Staff Insp. McLean said the interview was related to an “on-going investigation that is currently in the media,” and said that homicide officers conducted the interview only because they have expertise that other officers don’t.

The mayor has repeatedly denied the existence of a video. The mayor’s spokesperson did not respond to requests for comment on the story.

Only in the fevered mind of the looniest conspiracy theorist could someone come up with linking a homicide investigation to the IRS giving Tea Party groups extra scrutiny on their 501 (c) 4 applications.

Canada does a lot of things better than the U.S.: winter, health care, and support for the arts, just to name a few.  But who knew they would show us up in the scandal department, eh?