Yet, he chooses to ignore evidence that the "integrity" of Tony Blair's Government had been shot to pieces in February 2003.
In saying that, I'm not referring to what became known as the Dodgy Dossier of February 2003 but to a clear example of Tony Blair lying to the House of Commons when he knew the intelligence was the opposite of his false claim.
Tony Blair had told the House of Commons,
The Prime Minister: First, I answered questions on this in detail at the Liaison Committee. I have explained that we do not know of evidence linking Iraq to al-Qaeda in circumstances concerning the 11 September attack. However, I chose my words very carefully in front of the Liaison Committee: we do know of links between al-Qaeda and Iraq; we cannot be sure of the exact extent of those links. Every member of the Government has adverted to that.
See House of Commons Hansard Debates for 29 Janurary 2003 (Pt 3).
Within days a Top Secret document produced by the Defence Intelligence Staff was in the hands of Andrew Gilligan of the BBC. See Leaked report rejects Iraqi al-Qaeda link.
The BBC article includes this quote:
The defence intelligence staff document, seen by BBC defence correspondent Andrew Gilligan, is classified Top Secret and was sent to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and other senior members of the government.
Before the leak, the Guardian also ran an article, Al-Qaida and Iraq: how strong is the evidence?, expressing concerns about the validity of Blair's claims.
Someone (or, perhaps, several "someones") in the UK intelligence community with access to Defence Intelligence Staff Top Secret documents clearly was fed up with Tony Blair's wilful lies.
Yet, in his Report almost a year later, Lord Hutton bizarrely chooses to imagine that Tony Blair's Government still has "integrity" which it is possible to impugn.