In a Department of Defense briefing yesterday Defense Secretary Leon Panetta defended fmr. Senator and current Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.

As I’ve said, I’ve known Chuck Hagel for a long time. I think a lot of the criticisms that are being made right now are unfair

In these battles, in these confirmation battles, there are a lot of of charges that will be out there a lot of criticisms that are out there but ultimately the truth prevails. I think the truth in this case will mean that he will be confirmed.