Wilson-Raybould said government officials cited the danger that the firm might cut jobs or move its headquarters out of Quebec if found guilty at a trial.
She also told the committee that she faced "veiled threats" and advice from Canada's top bureaucrat, Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, that "a collision with the Prime Minister on these matters should be avoided".
Moreover, she said they were anxious that the company might decide to move its operations out of Quebec, affecting last fall's provincial election in Quebec and potentially hurting more Liberals in the province, including Trudeau himself, in the coming federal election this fall.
"I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the gov't to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion".
After a long sigh, Ms. Wilson-Raybould said she is not going to get into conversations about why she resigned, adding, "I resigned from cabinet because I did not have confidence to sit around the table - the cabinet table - that's why I resigned".
"Justin Trudeau can not continue to govern this country now that Canadians know what he's done", Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer told reporters after Wilson-Raybould's testimony. Further, the RCMP must immediately open an investigation - if it has not already done so - into the numerous examples of obstruction of justice the former Attorney General detailed in her testimony.
She said she was told repeatedly the decision was up to her, but attempts to talk her into a remediation agreement were relentless.
Wilson-Raybould stood her ground.
He spoke to reporters following the testimony of former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould before the Commons justice committee. Her belated resignation from Trudeau's cabinet doesn't let her off the hook, given the oath she took to preserve that confidence, and at least some experts take a view of "cabinet confidence" as including discussions between Wilson-Raybould's flunkies and the Prime Minister's flunkies, discussions in which no minister at all participated. That is why I am calling on Justin Trudeau to resign. The PMO started to pelt her with suggestions that some "independent" legal personage, perhaps a retired Supreme Court justice, could be brought in to give her convenient, fresh advice about overturning the prosecution service's decision.
She disputed that version of events, saying Trudeau only offered some vague assurance after she confronted him directly at the September 17 meeting, two weeks after Roussel had decided not to consider a remediation agreement. The Official Opposition very rarely calls on a prime minister to resign. "My response - and I remember this vividly - was to ask the PM a direct question while looking him in the eye - I asked: 'Are you politically interfering with my role/my decision as the AG?"
According to Wilson-Raybould, Wernick told her that Trudeau wanted to know why SNC-Lavalin was not being offered a remediation agreement, a kind of plea bargain that would allow the company to avoid the potentially crippling impact of a criminal conviction. Last week, though, his principal secretary and longtime friend Gerald Butts resigned, saying that he and his role in the affair had become a distraction.
The Globe and Mail's report this month said Trudeau's office pressured her to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin.
But the most egregious pressure came the following day, on December 19, when Wilson-Raybould said she received what she deemed to be three "veiled threats" that she could lose her job from the clerk of the Privy Council, Wernick. Wilson told Global News Radio's Charles Adler.
Wilson-Raybould said officials imposed "consistent and sustained pressure" on her from September to December a year ago to ensure SNC-Lavalin pay a large fine rather than go to trial. "The prime minister asked me to help out, to find a solution here for SNC", she said.