Representative David Davis used the parliamentary privilege to expose the SNP messages that he says were given to him by whistleblowers and to show a “concerted effort by senior members of the Scottish National Party to encourage complaints” against Alex Salmond
Speaking at a postponement session, Mr. Davis said: “The information consists of downloading text messages from the phone of SNP’s Chief Operations Officer Sue Ruddick.
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“The whistleblower clearly agrees with these accusations.
He or she begins their communication with the assertion that the evidence presented, and I quote the phrase “indicates collusion, perjury, and even criminal conspiracy.”
Davis added that “no single sequence of texts will provide conclusive evidence of what whistle-blowers have described as a” criminal conspiracy. “
“However, the issue of prima facie appears to be very strong, which requires further serious investigation.”
He claimed that the letters showed “a concerted effort by senior members of the Scottish National Party to encourage complaints.”
He also claimed that the letters he had received showed that the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff was aware of the allegations against Mr. Salmond months before they were originally confirmed, saying: “I have good authority that since February 6, 2018 there has been an exchange of letters between civil servants Judith MacKinnon and Barbara Allison, suggesting that The Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff interferes with the complaints process against Alex Salmond.
“If this is true, then this indicates that the Chief of Staff was aware of the Salmond case in February, and not in April, as she claimed after the oath.”
Scottish Conservative Party leader Douglas Ross responded to Davis’ letter saying: “If the Prime Minister’s side had knowledge of the complaints against Alex Salmond in February 2018, there was a flagrant violation of these women’s privacy and confidentiality.
“February 2018 is also two months before Nicola Sturgeon originally claimed to have discovered the complaints. If its chief of staff at the time knew, and was interfering with the investigation, that creates another massive hole in the prime minister’s story.
If government officials say that the prime minister’s chief of staff is interfering with the investigation in a “very bad way,” this is a crime of dismissal. It raises serious questions about how she tried to intervene, how she found out, who told her, when she knew, and who she went to tell.
It also raises the question of whether anyone has told Nicolas Sturgeon that her chief of staff is interfering with the investigation. If they did, the Scottish Parliament would have been told of a number of lies. If they don’t, she’s still telling the story of Nicola Sturgeon when she claims to have found out
The complaints are more implausible. “
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister, Ms. Sturgeon, said in a statement: “As with Mr. Salmond’s previous allegations and the choice of letters, the reality is very different from the image shown.
“The committee has previously seen every letter regarding SNP employees. Their views were widely reported as rejecting them.”