1. Blame it on a staffer.
2. Emphasize how rude it would be to keep notes on the work you're doing.
3. Tell them you were just rewarding your staff.
4. Tell the auditors that, unfortunately, you shredded all of your documentation.
5. Make the case that a senator's job is to be in contact with all Canadians, everywhere.
6. Explain that you only attended your brother-in-law's funeral because of your position in the Senate.
7. Emphasize that you were only trying to "give a voice to the voiceless."
8. Say that you were conducting "community relations."
9. Make the case that the auditor general shouldn't even be investigating this because another guy is on trial for something similar.
10. Tell the Auditor General's Office that they are dead wrong.
Paul McLeod is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.
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