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Sen. Mike Duffy breaks his silence

OTTAWA (NEWS1130) – Senator Mike Duffy is finally speaking after news broke the RCMP is getting more involved in the Senate expense scandal.

Duffy is promising to release more details about his deal with the prime minister’s former chief of staff and an apparent white-wash of a report into the matter.

He says that day will come very soon. “I’d be happy to cooperate with anyone who’s doing an investigation. I think Canadians have a right to know all the facts.”

“There are bits and pieces out there and it should all be put together in one place. There will be some place to do that,” he adds.

The Senate committee that originally started the investigation into his expenses is re-examining his expenses. Duffy is hoping that investigation won’t be done behind closed doors. “Of course it needs to be done in public.”

The committee is apparently the same one that helped white-wash the final report that was tabled in the Senate.

Duffy resigned from the Conservative caucus last week after it was revealed he accepted a personal cheque from Nigel Wright, Prime Minister Harper’s chief of staff, worth $90,000 to pay for inappropriate expense claims.

A number of Conservative MPs, including Heritage Minister James Moore, have said Duffy should quit his $132,000-a-year appointment.