Former CIA Director Leon Panetta on Wednesday questioned Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE's loyalty to the United States, according to CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

Panetta told the network it was "totally outrageous" for the Republican presidential nominee to say he hoped Russia got a hold of the emails Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates's probation request The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Trump request for Ukrainian 'favor' tops notable quote list MORE deleted from the private server she used when she was secretary of State.

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"You've got now a presidential candidate who is, in fact, asking the Russians to engage in American politics," said Panetta, who has endorsed Clinton in the White House race.

"I just think that that's beyond the pale," he continued. "I think that kind of statement only reflects the fact that he truly is not qualified to be president of the United States."

Trump on Wednesday made an appeal to Russia during a sprawling press conference at his Miami-area hotel, scheduled in the middle of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

"Russia, if you are listening, I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by the press," Trump stated.

Clinton's campaign called Trump's remarks "a bridge too far."