Downing Street investigation is ‘overkill’ says Kavanagh
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Trevor Kavanagh went on a rant against the police following their “appalling” decision to investigate Boris Johnson’s alleged parties in Downing Street and Whitehall. The Sun’s Political columnist stressed that the onus should not be on police officers to do that, claiming that are not beyond reproach either from a moral perspective. He also warned the investigation could ultimately plague both Boris Johnson and the rest of the UK “for years to come”.
Mr Kavanagh launched a furious attack on police, who he insisted are not in a position to investigate a political misdemeanour having faced calls and investigations themselves on a number of occasions in recent years.
Speaking to TalkRADIO host Kevin O’Sullivan, he warned that it would be a “total overkill”, expecting the country to deal with the consequences of Mr Johnson’s potential trial for years to come if the Met do not pull out of the investigation.
He said: “Isn’t it an appalling mess all around?
“You’ve got the Metropolitan Police which itself is in deep trouble over some of its own shenanigans and nothing short of actual corruption in some cases!
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“Suddenly being asked to investigate what should be a domestic incident involving rules, not laws.
“This is total overkill and I think it’s going to be an issue that’s gonna confront us as a country in the months and years to come.
“What are the police doing?
“Involving themselves in a criminal investigation which in theory could lead to a trial of the Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland…”
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Mr Kavanagh suggested that the Tories must have a sinking feeling and even rue that things are spiralling out of control for their leader and the Conservative party.
He said: “It’s preposterous.
“And I think it’s getting to the point I think where a large number of Tory MPs are beginning to regret getting stuck into this.
“In the first place even Boris’ critics really don’t want to see the party and the Government and the Prime Minister himself dangling over a cliff the next two or three weeks or even months.”
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Metropolitan Police chief Dame Cressida Dick announced on Tuesday that officers were launching a criminal inquiry after concluding that the evidence they obtained from Sue Gray is serious enough to take things further.
Mr Johnson is being accused of allegedly attending eight lockdown-breaking parties at Nr 10 Downing Street despite the lockdown rules impeding social gatherings at the time.
Sue Gray’s report is expected to be released soon as the situation is looking increasingly bleak for Mr Johnson after the civil service inquisitor was shown photographs of the Prime Minister next to wine at eight different boozy parties during lockdown in 2020 and 2021.
Most Tories reportedly want to see the report first before deciding to submit letters of no confidence in Mr Johnson which could trigger a leadership contest in a bid to oust him.
Dame Cressida announced the U-turn on the investigation as she spoke to the London Assembly on Tuesday.
She said: “As a result, firstly, of the information provided by the Cabinet Office inquiry team, and, secondly, my own officers’ assessment, I can confirm that the Met is now investigating a number of events that took place at Downing Street and Whitehall in the last two years in relation to potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations.”
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