Obama's CIA Director: Trump's Russia Contacts Didn't Break Law

Washington Post readers who believe that the paper will Woodward and Bernstein their nemesis out of office are hardest hit. How inconvenient. Reality is supposed to stay away from the left's media bubble. 

Leon Panetta, President Obama’s former Secretary of Defense, told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Friday that it was a “stretch” to say the Trump transition team broke the law with their contacts with the Russians.

“We have one administration at a time,” Panetta said, warning that the Trump transition team undermined long-standing political norms in the United States by engaging in diplomacy while the Obama administration was still in office.

However, the former defense secretary doubted that dealings with the Russians rose to the level of criminal violations.

“[Their contact with Russia] was very unusual. Whether it breaks the law or not, I think that’s probably a stretch,” Panetta predicted.

That's rich coming from Obama's CIA boss and Secretary of Defense. 

Obama Inc. built foreign contacts before he took office. For that matter, it had a pre-presidential seal. And the norms were being broken on both ends. A lame duck administration is not supposed to engage in major political realignments in foreign policy. 

Panetta also knows that.