Arrests of Rebekah and Charlie Brooks cast shadow on David Cameron’s arrival in US – Telegraph
Downing Street conceded that the Prime Minister could be questioned under oath about his close ties to Mrs Brooks and her husband Charlie, who was also arrested on suspicion of the same offence. The Prime Minister could be required to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry later this year.
The arrests of Mr and Mrs Brooks on suspicion of an offence which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment coincided with Mr Cameron’s arrival in the US, where he is spending two days as a guest of President Barack Obama.
Mr Cameron, who earlier this month described Mr Brooks as a “good friend for over 30 years”, could face questions on the matter as early as today when he attends a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House.
Labour’s deputy leader, Harriet Harman, called on the Leveson Inquiry to investigate “the full extent of the relations between the Prime Minister and senior News International executives at the time when hacking was rife”.
Mrs Brooks, 43, and her husband, 49, were arrested at their home in Chipping Norton, Oxon, in one of a series of dawn raids in which four other people were held.