McGuinty responds to allegations in OPP search warrant

Former premier Dalton McGuinty answers questions on e-mails at Queen's Park in Toronto June 25,...

Former premier Dalton McGuinty answers questions on e-mails at Queen's Park in Toronto June 25, 2013. (Dave Thomas/QMI AGENCY)

Antonella Artuso, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 7:12 PM ET

TORONTO — Former premier Dalton McGuinty has denied any knowledge of deleted emails or records.

In a statement issued Friday morning, McGuinty said he only learned of the allegations contained in an OPP search warrant on Thursday.

“As I have made clear in the past, including when I twice appeared before the legislative committee considering this matter, at no time was I made aware of nor did I direct the deletion of emails or documents,” he said.

The warrant allegations — which haven’t been proven in court — include McGuinty’s former chief of staff David Livingston sought administrative access for fellow staffer Laura Miller's boyfriend, Peter Faist, to 24 computers in the premier's office early in 2013 as he prepared for the hand-off to incoming Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Livingston, through his lawyer Brian Gover, has denied any criminal wrongdoing.

Miller and Faist could not be reached for comment.

McGuinty came to the defence of all his former staff.

“In my office, it was my honour to serve alongside a hard-working and dedicated staff who, from top to bottom, were committed to the highest standards of public service,” McGuinty said in the statement.

The former premier encourages people to respect the judicial process and not jump to any conclusions.

Although the warrant alleges the administrative computer access existed from Feb. 6 to March 20, 2013 -- and Wynne was sworn in on Feb. 11, 2013 -- the premier said she was unaware of any attempts to wipe computer hard drives or destroy records.

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