The Chilcot inquiry was set up to allow ministers to ‘avoid blame’ for the Iraq War, new documents have revealed.

The papers, obtained under the Freedom of Information rules, showed the government thinking before Prime Minister Gordon Brown set up the inquiry in June 15, 2009.

It revealed how officials favoured a secret inquiry to be carried out by privy counsellors to minimise the risk of individuals and the government facing legal action.

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