David Davis has backtracked on his threat to resign as Brexit Secretary if Damian Green was sacked following claims that pornography had been found on his House of Commons computer.
"This falls short of the Seven Principles of Public Life and is a breach of the Ministerial Code - a conclusion which has been endorsed by Sir Alex Allan, the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests". He was one of many to criticise the two former Scotland Yard officers who spoke out about the raid, with one alleging that "thousands" of legal images had been found on Mr Green's computer.
The Ashford MP was asked to step down as First Secretary of State by Theresa May for breaching the ministerial code. Green still denies the allegations, but an internal government investigation found that he made "inaccurate and misleading" claims about how much he knew of the police investigation.
Green also faces allegations of misconduct toward a female writer, which the Cabinet Office found "plausible". The probe came after Conservative activist Kate Maltby claimed he had touched her knee and sent her a suggestive text message.
"It is therefore with deep regret, and enduring gratitude for the contribution you have made over many years, that I asked you to resign from the Government and have accepted your resignation".
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is pictured during a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the Belvedere Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Dec. 21, 2017.
"I'm sure she didn't want him to go", Hunt said.
Ms Maltby's parents, Colin and Victoria Maltby, said they were "pleased" the Cabinet Office inquiry had concluded.
Green is the third Cabinet member May has lost in two months, after the resignations of Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, over allegations of inappropriate behavior with women, and International Development Secretary Priti Patel.
Mr Hunt continued: "He lied on a particular incident, yes, I think lots of people who understand the context would appreciate why that might have happened but that doesn't make it any Cabinet ministers to the very highest standards of conduct, rightly, but I think we should remember that those are standards that would probably not apply in many other countries".