Former CIA Director Leon Panetta said that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may be conspiring directly with foreign powers who are adverse to US interests.
CNN corespondent Christine Amanpour tweeted that Panetta issued the warning following Trump’s bizarre press conference where he called on Russia to help him win the election by hunting for Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s missing emails and releasing them to the press, according to The Hill.
“I find those kinds of statements to be totally outrageous because you’ve got now a presidential candidate who is in fact asking the Russians to engage in American politics,” Panetta said. “I just think that’s beyond the pale. There’s a lot of concerns I have with his qualities of leadership or lack thereof and I think that kind of statement only reflects the fact that he truly is not qualified to be president of the United States.”
Trump appealed to the Russian government on Wednesday to find and leak Clinton’s missing 30,000 emails, which were allegedly deleted, while she served as Secretary of State.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the thirty thousand emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Let’s see if that happens.”
Fmr. CIA Dir. Panetta on Trump call for Russia HRC hacking: Trump's loyalty to U.S. in question & possible "conspiracy" with a foreign power
— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) July 27, 2016
Panetta also called into question Trump’s loyalty to the United States and raised a lot questions about whether the former reality TV star is in collusion with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Watch Panetta in the video below, uploaded to Twitter by CNN:
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) July 27, 2016