Premier Alden McLaughlin has dismissed allegations that he was involved in any “conspiracy” along with the governor and others to depose former leader of the country McKeeva Bush.
Mr. McLaughlin said, “If he can produce one email, any correspondence between me and the governor, let’s see …,” referring to assertions by Mr. Bush that he had documentary evidence backing up his claim.
The premier was responding to questions about a motion filed in the Legislative Assembly by Mr. Bush alleging “unconstitutional interference” involving Mr. McLaughlin, former Governor Duncan Taylor, the commissioner of police and others to oust him from office in the run-up to the 2013 general election.
Mr. McLaughlin said whether Mr. Bush’s motion could be heard was up to the Speaker of the House, but he described it as the “furthest thing from a priority” for his government.
Mr. Bush, while under a criminal investigation, was removed from the premier’s office in December 2012 following a no-confidence vote of the Legislative Assembly against his government.
He was later cleared on multiple corruption charges relating to his spending around $50,000 on his government credit card in casino slot machines.
Mr. Bush is now alleging, partially based on emails that emerged during the trial, that there was a conspiracy to leverage the police investigation into his conduct to remove him from office and influence the result of the general election.
In a private members’ motion filed with the Legislative Assembly last week, he asked for an independent review of “the involvement of the [U.K.] Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Office of the Governor, Commissioner of Police and the then-Leader of the Opposition [referring to Mr. McLaughlin] in the conspiracy to remove the then-constitutionally elected premier [referring to Mr. Bush].”
The motion stated that Mr. Bush had in his possession “irrefutable documentary evidence” of interference by the governor’s office in conspiring, along with local elected representatives and civil servants, “to topple a democratically elected government while misusing the power of the state and its judicial and law enforcement arms.”
Mr. Bush has yet to make this evidence public and Mr. McLaughlin insists that, in reference to himself, no such evidence exists.
He said his government was concentrating on the budget and did not consider Mr. Bush’s motion to be an important priority.
“It is so easy to make allegations,” the premier said. “Mr. Bush is prone to making allegations – so the motion, assuming that it meets the constitutional requirements and conforms with standing orders, will get on the order paper at some point but it is certainly not a priority.”