Tony Blair advised Rebekah Brooks to set up a “Hutton-style” inquiry into phone hacking at the height of the scandal, a court has heard.
Mr Blair offered to act as a secret adviser and told Mrs Brooks, then chief executive of News International, that the crisis would “pass” and to “tough up”, the Old Bailey heard.
Her email read: "I had an hour on the phone to Tony Blair.
"1. Form an independent unit that has an outside junior counsel, Ken Macdonald [former director of public prosecutions], a great and good type, a serious forensic criminal barrister, internal counsel, proper fact checkers etc in it. Get them to investigate me and others and publish a Hutton-style report.
"2. Publish part one of the report at same time as the police closes its inquiry and clear you and accept shortcomings and new solutions and process and part two when any trials are over.
"3. Keep strong and definitely sleeping pills. Need to have clear heads and remember no rash short-term solutions as they only give you long-term headaches.
"4. It will pass. Tough up.
"5. He is available for you, KRM [Rupert Murdoch] and me as an unofficial adviser but needs to be between us. He is sending more notes later."
So the Hutton Report was tailor made to clear the Labour government of any culpability in the suspected Murder of a leading British scientist on British soil? Just another casualty to add to the 447 murdered by Blair's deceptions over Afghanistan as well as Iraq?