Former CIA Director Leon Panetta predicted Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia’s possible meddling in the 2016 election will result in “some prosecutions.”
Panetta, who spoke at the California Newspaper Publisher Association's annual meeting, said Mueller is the best choice to head the Trump/Russia investigation. Panetta also said the truth will ultimately come out and no president has ever successfully stopped the “search for truth.”
He also urged the media to continue to be fair to the president, even though Trump is highly critical of the media. Panetta told the newspaper publishers that journalism is “crucial to our democracy.” Despite being under siege, he said, the media should not loosen its standards of responsible reporting about Trump.
Panetta, who once served as President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, said the current White House needs reorganizing if it is going to be effective. There are too many White House “advisers” who are not giving President Trump good advice, he said.
If Trump is going to survive, Panetta said, he must reorganize the White House to give it the discipline to make good decisions.
Panetta, who also served a defense secretary, said that if anyone thinks that Russia is not an adversary, they need to know that “Russia does not have our interests at heart.” That’s why it is damaging to share classified intelligence information with them, he said.