"The law says that no one should receive any kind of benefit. Any candidate who receives a benefit from any foreign country is violating the laws of our country. That's clear. It's a violation of law. And for the president of the United States to say he would be willing to take that information and not have to call the FBI, I think represents a violation of the oath of office that this president took," said Mr. Panetta.
"When historical information is no longer sensitive, we take seriously our responsibility to share it with the American people," CIA Director Leon Panetta said at the time.