The First Minister gave her opening address to MSPs in the Scottish Parliament, where she raised a number of issues of which she has been charged

During her opening speech, she accused Alex Salmond of “deeply inappropriate behavior” towards one of the women who made allegations against the former SNP leader

Salmond took the government to justice and it was agreed that the internal investigation was unlawful and tainted with obvious prejudice It cost the taxpayer more than 500000 pounds

When asked, she said she declined whatever proposal she wanted to “get” former Prime Minister Alex Salmond

At lunchtime, the former Prime Minister filed a formal complaint with the Permanent Secretary about an official who allegedly disclosed the “name of a complainant in the Scottish Government trial”

Nicola Sturgeon said it would take a lot of work to restore women’s confidence in reporting allegations

She told the committee: “I am deeply concerned about what this means for the confidence of women in Scotland in the future, and government action is part of it, I do not deny

“I think we all – each and every one of us has to think about how we can fix some of this after it’s all over and rebuild a culture in Scotland where women feel safe to move forward.” p>

The First Minister replied by saying, “We are still investigating and investigating all of this”

Nicola Sturgeon said it was not her decision not to arbitrate in this case

She defended her decision not to intervene, saying Mr. Salmond had “suggested that I intervene to bring about this arbitration”

The First Minister said: “I think it would have been most inopportune for me to intervene on behalf of Mr Salmond in an attempt to obtain any particular outcome. This was an investigation I was not involved in I had no role and that I shouldn’t even know

“I would have intervened on behalf of a friend, colleague and employee. The complainants did not have the opportunity to come to me and ask me to intervene to get something they wanted with them

“I would have given him privileged influence in a process that I shouldn’t have been a part of”

She added, “If I were to sit here now and have that, the criticism that would rain on my head would be perfectly justified”

Alasdair Allan asked the First Minister what role an outside lawyer would play in determining the legal position of the government and whether the case was deviating from the usual position

Sturgeon said: “Outside lawyers play a big role – they give advice, they design procedures, they play a big role, as you’ve seen now

“You know, this was a former first minister who took the government to justice. It was my former boss, friend, mentor, longtime associate

“In this sense it was not normal It did not make a significant difference to my engagement”

However, she added, “There were items that didn’t feel perfectly normal. From memory, it wouldn’t be exactly routine for the First Minister to meet with a lawyer to convince me that we still had a sound case “

Tory MSP Murdo Fraser insisted that the Scottish Government’s Legal Advice, published by Ministers on Tuesday evening, should be issued by May 6 December “if not before” had shown that the risk of losing the court case brought by Mr Salmond was “very high”

He urged Ms. Sturgeon to do so, saying, “You risked public money to continue the operation”

The First Minister said to him, “I think every time a government defends a legal action it is putting public money at risk because there is never any guarantee that you will be successful”

She added, “My understanding is that much of what went really wrong in the case was catastrophically wrong at this later stage in December when it became clear I don’t intentionally believe that there has been any information or material that has been made so far had not been published “

But she said, “Until the 11th In December we had a valid case with credible arguments “

, according to the judiciary

Nicola Sturgeon turned down proposals that the government would not heed the advice of senior lawyers in admitting Alex Salmond’s petition for judicial review

Committee member Murdo Fraser MSP highlighted some advice that warned “the trumpet would be much louder” if the case resulted in a written judgment and said the “least worst option would be to admit the petition”

Ms. Sturgeon said, “The charge against me is that I have deliberately allowed a judicial review of the lawyer, which is why I have violated Ministerial Law

“As you now know, I acted with respect for the views of the judicial officers, not against them

“We thought we had a valid case, the attorney wasn’t arguing at this point – that later changed – we thought we had credible arguments to make and we also took into account the greater interest in reaching a decision on the many too to meet”Grounds for challenge that Alex Salmond had raised for both the proceedings and its application”

Murdo Fraser inquired about the prepared prospect notice in which Sturgeon said “the lawyer is confident about the case the Scottish Government was having”

But in the note, the attorney wrote, “We think the defense is perfectly telling, but it would be wrong to say that we see no vulnerability”

The First Minister said that in any legal action the government was involved in, she had never seen that they had 100% cast iron prospects

She added, “In the early days of the reserve price, I think if you were to run something like the test you run on this prospect, we would never have done it, especially in those early days the views were about our chances of success really not that confident

“But we thought we might argue about it because it is important to do it”And that’s just the nature of it. With all of the legal opinions I’ve seen, that’s actually on the more optimistic end of the spectrum”

Sturgeon said, “My formal role was to be named as the interested party in the petition

“I was involved in discussions about the odds of success and the changing outlook as we left

“It wasn’t an uncommon level of involvement or overshoot – I obviously mean it was a little unusual considering who brought the Scottish Government to justice”

Fraser said it appeared that the First Minister was fairly well informed throughout the process

During the Holyrood Inquiry, the Prime Minister said she had seen nothing “within a million miles” of conspiracy allegations

A Holyrood committee is investigating how their government handled complaints of sexual misconduct against Salmond when he was First Minister

Nicola Sturgeon said she was concerned about how the committee’s work might divert attention from the complainants

She said: “One of the real concerns I have here is the extent to which this entire process has sidelined and silenced the voice of the complainants, and no one on this committee has wanted or tried to do that

“It is not my job to tell you how to do your job, and it certainly is not, but if you want to know what the complainants thought (about the process of dealing with their allegations), Perhaps it would be to try to speak to them A better way than to get me to reconsider their views “

Nicola Sturgeon has opened her working relationship with the former Prime Minister, stating that he is a “tough guy” to work for

The First Minister also said she would like to reach a stage where she never had to think about Salmond’s behavior again

She added, “I would very much like to get to a point where I no longer have to think about Alex Salmond’s behavior or alleged behavior in order to be completely frank

“But he was really hard to work with, sometimes it was justified, sometimes it wasn’t, and sometimes I would tell him he was over the mark

“Maybe those of us who’d worked with him for so long got used to it, so we didn’t appreciate it from the point of view of people who weren’t that interested”

Margaret Mitchell said Alex Salmond contested the date the directive was signed and said it was signed in February

She added: “But the complainants filed their complaint in January before claiming that the complaints procedure had been signed”

The First Minister said: “He certainly denies a lot of it Signed December, no changes have been made since and it was released in February

“Was that ideal? No, but the reason is that other related work was in progress”

Nicola Sturgeon insisted that she “saw nothing that comes within a million miles” to support claims that Salmond was the victim of a conspiracy within the SNP

When talking about messages sent by different people within the party, she said they showed “people who support each other, people who talk to each other”

She added that there was “a bit of gossip about what was going on” and said, “This was a massive cause for the SNP, especially people who had worked closely with it”

But she stressed that the people in the SNP are working with the police and said, “Some of the things that have been misrepresented to find evidence or fabricate evidence are actually people who are asked to do so with the police work together”

“I haven’t seen anything confirmed within a million miles of the central claim Alex made that there was a coordinated attempt for whatever motive, and the motive seems to be to move the sand”I saw nothing within a million miles of demonstrating this”

She said she talked to him about it, adding, “That and the way I was approached only added to a feeling of discomfort that he called or those phone calls whether they were from him or her came from his lawyer had touched something. Poked into a hornet’s nest

“I had no knowledge of certain ailments, it wasn’t something I thought about every day, it wasn’t something I lay awake and thought about at night. But I had a persistent suspicion that something was in the ether, in the undergrowth , could appear “

The First Minister added, “This stuff is very personal to me and I have a hard time talking about it

“Sometimes when I looked like I was caged, that’s one of the reasons”

She said, “I feel really uncomfortable talking about it We are talking about serious allegations that have broken down a relationship with someone who was really important to me on all possible levels. I feel uncomfortable talking about it on a human level “

Nicola Sturgeon said a request from Sky News in connection with her interview with Geoff Aberdein “made her aware that there is a problem with concerns about Alex Salmond”

But she said it wasn’t until she April read the Permanent Secretary’s letter, she knew “beyond a doubt”

Then she said that “any general concern or suspicion I might have had was actually detailed and actually disclosed, that there were two complaints, they were from officials, they were investigated through this process, and what kind of complaints there were”this complaint was”

She added, “Before Jan. April I had the awareness that there was a complaint, no doubt I suspected what that might look like, but that was it, a general awareness, a suspicion that no I doubt I had all sorts of theories in my head

“But it was reading the Permanent Secretary’s letter that he sent me on Jan. April showed who gave me the knowledge and details behind that knowledge “

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Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs that she did not want to “get” Alex Salmond when the Scottish government first opened an investigation into his behavior

She insisted that her predecessor as the SNP leader was “one of the closest people to me in my whole life” and that “if I could turn back the clock and find legitimate ways, none of this would ever have happened, then me”would”

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The First Minister said she had been made aware that on Jan. August a request took place

The Labor MSP replied, “I understood that there were two stories – one on Jan. and one on 25, which gave details of complainants. The first talked about complaints, the second went into details

“Where do you think the leaks came from? Mr. Salmond believed there was someone on your team. Where do you think the leaks came from?”

She added, “I can tell you it was not mine or someone who responded to my instruction or request

“I’m sure it didn’t come from my office. The second story had some sizeable details. I heard Alex say details could only have come from the decision report – I was never sent a copy of that report”

Nicola Sturgeon was asked about the allegation that a senior member of her team gave the name of one of the complainants to Geoff Aberdein, who had previously been Salmond’s chief of staff

Labour’s Jackie Bailie urged the First Secretary on the matter, saying in an “exceptional breach of confidentiality,” but yours had passed the details on to Mr Salmond

Baillie said it would be a “discharged offense” in any other position as she wanted to know if the First Minister or the Permanent Secretary had approved it

But Sturgeon said, “I do not accept that this happened, so I clearly do not accept that this was authorized”

She added: “Surely Alex Salmond was pretty clear about one of the complainants that he had found who it was through investigations into Scottish Government social media accounts

“And as for the other, and this is the piece I may be speculating about, it must have been the case when he received this letter because he knew about the incident, because he was on the person had apologized

“So I assume that he would have known that without anyone having to tell him. And I know from what he told me that he found the other person’s identity through his own investigations”

Nicola Sturgeon said Alex Salmond conducted his own investigation to find out the identity of one of the two alleged applicants against him

The Prime Minister told the committee investigating the Scottish government’s botched handling of harassment allegations against its predecessor: “Alex Salmond was open to the identity of a complainant because he knew it

“He knew of the identity of a complainant because he knew about the incident because he apologized to the person concerned

“I do not remember whether the name of the other complainant on 2 April was openly shared (a meeting between Mrs Sturgeon and Mr Salmond at their Glasgow home in 2018)

“He also knew the identity of this complainant because I remember talking about looking through the Scottish Government’s Flickr account (image sharing website) to find out who on certain days had been with him

“He knew the identity of both complainants, firstly because he knew about the incident and secondly through his own investigations”

Stuart McMillan said it would help correct the complaint handling process, saying “Clear mistakes have been made in the division of responsibilities between those in charge of this role and those in charge of investigating complaints.” p>

“Do you accept this went wrong and what can be done to avoid this in the future?”

She added, “We are looking into these issues right now. This will be an opportunity for us to reflect on why these things happened and what needs to be done to ensure that such a situation does not happen in the future”

She further stated: “The process itself has not been declared illegal and could be used

“What went wrong here was when complaints needed to be investigated and a mistake was made because the investigator (Judith Mackinnon) had prior contact with those who were making complaints

“This is how the bug was identified, not in the fundamentals of the procedure

“I had no motive, intention, or desire to” get “Alex Salmond,” says Sturgeon, repeating that Salmond was previously one of the people closest to her

She said, “Our evidence shows that complaints were sometimes handled informally prior to the procedure. Do you think this was a satisfactory way to deal with complaints or concerns?”

Sturgeon replied, “Sometimes this is a satisfactory way as it is satisfactory to the person complaining They prefer to deal with it informally”So I would not say that it is never appropriate for this to be the approach that is taken”

“The second point stems from Margaret Mitchell’s question to me that unions had concerns about a number of ministerial positions

“At the time as Deputy First Minister who played a role in fairness at work, that never crossed my mind

“So that raises a question on my mind, to use Margaret’s terminology, is the bar too high or over-reliant on informal resolution, and it does – and I am asking this as a question – is there.” or was there an excess of informal procedures so that certain things that should perhaps be formalized and dealt with in a different way were not in place?

“I think this is a legitimate question to be asked of the government and certainly a legitimate question to be asked of us”

Nicola Sturgeon said prior to a media investigation by Sky News in November 2017 that she was “aware of allegations or concerns about sexually inappropriate behavior by Alex Salmond”

The First Minister further suggested that Mr Salmond, who testified for several hours before the committee on Friday, appeared to believe that it should have been impossible to investigate complaints against him

She said, “When I heard Alex’s evidence on Friday and I may be unfair to him here, he seemed to be saying he didn’t think there should be a trial to investigate him because he didn’t believe that it should have been, or if it had been about investigating historical allegations, it should have taken about 18 months to get implemented

“That is what impressed me about this evidence section, that his view was not only that the complaints against him were not to be investigated, but that it should have been impossible to investigate because there was no process for it should give it allowed to happen

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