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Panetta: Time to 'Move on' From Clinton Email Coverage and Focus on 'Real Issues

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“The opposing party is always going to make attacks and you'll make attacks on the other party ... ."

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Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says it's time that the public “move on” from discussing Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and focus on the "real issues."

“It's been investigated, no action has been taken by the Justice Department," Panetta said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “They found no basis for any kind of action.”

"I really do think it's time for the candidates and for the American people to move on and talk about the real issues,” he said.

ABC's Martha Raddatz asked Panetta to comment on allegations that, under Clinton's direction, the State Department gave special favors to Clinton Foundation donors. She also asked if he agrees with the narrative that allegations surrounding the foundation are part of a "conspiracy" against Clinton.

Panetta said that no one has been able to prove that State Department aides did anything inappropriate for foundation donors. Panetta chalked the conspiracy claims up to "politics."

“The opposing party is always going to make attacks and you'll make attacks on the other party, that's part of the nature of the game,” he said.

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