Prime Minister David Cameron told British lawmakers Wednesday that if he knew then what he knows now about his former communications director, former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, he would not have offered him the job.
Cameron was addressing the the phone-hacking scandal that has rattled the foundations of the British press, police and political establishments in a special session of Parliament Wednesday.
The prime minister said he has formed a committee, comprised of a range of civil rights campaigners and former top journalists, to take part in a wide-ranging inquiry into phone hacking and other illegal practices by journalists.
The "torrent of revelations and allegations" has shaken public trust in the media, in police and in politicians, Cameron told lawmakers. "People desperately want us to put a stop to the illegal practices," he said.
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