The head of the Iraq inquiry, Sir John Chilcot, has apparently ruled that all witnesses to the Iraq inquiry will be required to give their statements in public, including the highest ranking officials such as Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Chilcot’s decision opens up the prospect that Blair and Brown will be cross-examined on their roles.
Chilcot’s decision was disclosed by Nick Clegg, who wrote to the inquiry’s head:
“I was pleased to see how much progress has been made from the initial position set out by the prime minister last week regarding the process of the inquiry. It was also good to hear you confirm that you will be seeking evidence from Tony Blair and others in high office at the time, and would want their evidence to be held in public except in very limited circumstances.”