Justin Trudeau's top adviser resigns as 'political meddling' scandal widens

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Exit by Gerald Butts comes days after veterans affairs minister resigned from Cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top adviser has resigned while denying allegations that he pressured Canada’s former attorney general to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering company.

Principal secretary Gerald Butts has been Trudeau’s closest adviser and best friend since university, and his resignation over the widening scandal was a significant blow to the prime minister, who is facing an election this year.

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