As former first minister Alex Salmond waved to photographers on his exit from Holyrood, something else left the building. An email sent by the Scottish Parliament’s harassment committee that might yet breach the evidence impasse. For as long, detailed and explosive as six hours of testimony was from Mr Salmond, it’s not underpinned by available paperwork. And therein lies its inherent weakness. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Will Salmond inquiry damage the SNP? He’s been taunted by his one-time friend now big-time enemy Nicola Sturgeon , who was calling for “the evidence” before his witness appearance and, minutes afterwards, her spokesperson was repeating her demands in its wake. Mr Salmond says it’s not his fault that little evidence has been produced. He insists he is “severely hampered” by an inability to access a range of documents supporting a number of occasions, partly because of government obstruction. Advertisement Cue the late afternoon email to the Crown Office, Scotland’s prosecuting authority. MSPs on the harassment committee, frustrated by criticism over its power to function, want to see text messages between the SNP’s so-called “gang of four” – people in Ms Sturgeon’s orbit whom Mr Salmond alleges tried… Read full this story
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