Former Prime Minister Tony Blair advised Rebekah Brooks how to shield James Murdoch from the fallout of the phone-hacking scandal, the Old Bailey heard today.
In an email exchange between Brooks and Murdoch, Ms Brooks described how Mr Blair advised her on how to launch an independent investigation, with “great and good” types such as Ken MacDonald, and publish a “Hutton Style report” that would “clear” James Murdoch of any wrongdoing.
“I had an hour onthe phone to Tony Blair. He said:
"1. Form an independent unit that has outside junior council. [...]Get them to investigate me and others and publish a Hutton style report.
"2. Publish one part of the report at the same time as the police closes its inquiry and clear you and accept short comings."
Brooks, 45, denies conspiring to hack phones, conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
The ex-News of the World chief texted former PM Tony Blair saying she was 'feeling properly terrified' the day before the police interview.
In contrast to yesterday's cool performance, the former editor broke down whilst giving evidence in her phone-hacking trial.
Tony Blair advised Rebekah Brooks how to shield James Murdoch from the fallout of the phone-hacking scandal, the Old Bailey heard today.