Tony Blair gave advice to newspaper executive Rebekah Brooks on handling the phone-hacking scandal six days before her arrest, a court has heard.
The court heard Mrs Brooks spoke to the former prime minister and passed on what he had said to James Murdoch, then News International executive chairman.
In an email, she said Mr Blair had said he was “available” to her, James and Rupert Murdoch as an “unofficial adviser”, the Old Bailey heard.
Mrs Brooks denies any wrongdoing.
In the email, Mrs Brooks said Mr Blair had urged her to set up a “Hutton style” inquiry – a reference to the inquiry into the death of government weapons adviser Dr David Kelly.
She said Mr Blair’s offer of further advice “needs to be between us”.
The Hutton report exonerated Tony Blair and other officials of any involvement in…
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