"If you look at the allegations and you look at the Senate Act and the ways it’s described as housing goes, then I think that’s probably the approach they’ll take," Clement said. "From my read of the Act and from what’s been alleged through the media I think they have pretty strong grounds."
"If I was investigating or directing the investigation, I'm going to be going back to the auditors, looking for all of the initial reports, including all drafts, and looking for who directed the change to take place," Clement said.
For a scandal that is gaining traction and isn't going away, Former RCMP head Clement paints a bleak picture for the government. However, a supposedly independent law enforcement agency may have also fallen under the Conservatives' realm of political interference.
Sgt. Greg Cox, a spokesman for the RCMP, also defended its independence in investigations.
"The RCMP has full independence with regards to the investigations it carries out, and how it conducts them within the authorities it has under the RCMP Act and the Criminal Code, as well as other Federal statutes," he said in an email that, under current policy, would have been approved by Toews' office.
"Every member of the RCMP is sworn to uphold the laws of Canada."
“Essentially what happens, especially if it’s MPs from my party, they’ll come to me and say, ‘Look I want to talk to the RCMP,’ and I’ll refer them to an individual and that’s the end of it,” he said.