Blair blocked Cabinet from hearing legal advice on Iraq ~ JANE MERRICK AND MATT CHORLEY, The Independent.
MPs demanded an emergency recall of the Chilcot inquiry last night after new revelations that Tony Blair blocked the Government’s most senior lawyer from explaining to Cabinet the legality of the war in Iraq.
According to the newly published full version of Alastair Campbell‘s diaries, the Attorney General Lord Goldsmith wanted to “put the reality” to cabinet ministers that there was a case against, as well as for, military action in March 2003. But, according to his former spin doctor, the then Prime Minister feared that the legal opinion was too “nuanced” and would allow the war’s ministerial critics Robin Cook and Clare Short to say that the case had not been made.
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