The most transparent presidential candidate of all time has steadfastly refused to released transcripts of the paid speeches she’s made for the very industries she said are on her “enemies” list. Enemies that pay a quarter of a million to have her speak.
It appears Wikileaks is doing the work for her. From Buzzfeed:
Excerpts from Hillary Clinton’s closed-door paid speeches, including to financial firms, appeared to be made public for the first time on Friday when WikiLeaks published thousands of hacked emails from her campaign chairman.
The speech transcripts, a major subject of contention during the Democratic primary, include quotes from Clinton about her distance from middle-class life (“I’m kind of far removed”); her vision of strategic governing (“you need both a public and a private position”); and her views on trade, health care, and Wall Street (“even if it may not be 100 percent true, if the perception is that somehow the game is rigged.”)
John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman, was the latest victim in a wave of hacks on key figures in Democratic politics and the political establishment in what administration officials say is an effort by Russia to undermine the election.
Clinton research director Tony Carrk sent the excerpts in an email to Podesta and other senior aides, sourcing the “the flags from HRC’s paid speeches” to the Harry Walker Agency, the firm that represented Clinton and arranged her dozens of public and private paid speech deals after she left the State Department in early 2013.
The email is dated Jan. 25, 2016, with the subject line, “HRC Paid Speeches.”
Carrk identified and sent the “highlights” in the email, telling Podesta and Clinton’s communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, that there were “a lot of policy positions that we should give an extra scrub” with the campaign’s policy department.
Emphasis mine at the end. Know what that means? It means, “We want to make sure some of the stuff she said in these speeches doesn’t get into the public.
Naturally, they are blaming this on Russia claiming Vladimir Putin wants Donald Trump to win. Whether this is true or not is beside the point and nothing but a deflection.
Clinton herself has deflected. She only said she would “look into” releasing the transcripts. In Clinton-speak that translates into, “HELL. NO.” When asked about it again, she did the usual, “Let’s let everybody do it!” schtick with respect to releasing speech transcripts. Nobody else getting paid to give speeches were speaking favorable of policies they now oppose.
And that’s exactly what Hillary did:
The flagged excerpts don’t provide context for Clinton’s remarks, but include several comments in which she appears to express strong pro-trade sentiments.
“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders,” Clinton is quoted as telling a Brazilian bank in 2013. “We have to resist, protectionism, other kinds of barriers to market access and to trade.”
Clinton opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but has faced criticism from both Sanders and Trump for adopting what they charge is a politically convenient stance.
Hillary? Political convenient stances? Say it isn’t so!
This might actually be damaging if the GOP didn’t have a Presidential candidate that wasn’t a walking opposition research file.