Clinton: “You Need Both a Public and a Private Position” on Policies


Wikileaks has released a whole new set of emails allegedly hacked from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman email account. Among these, for the first time, are excerpts from Clinton’s paid speeches – many of them to Wall Street corporations.

The emails were leaked online Friday afternoon by Wikileaks. Excerpts from Clinton’s speeches appear in an email from Tony Carrk, the research director of the Clinton campaign, to John Podesta, the campaign chairman. 

In the memo, there are several potentially politically damaging quotes from each paid speech, with headers like “Clinton admits she is out of touch” and “Clinton remarks are pro keystone and pro-trade.”

Some of the remarks that were marked:

Clinton telling a crowd at a Goldman Sachs-sponsored speech that she is “kind of far removed because the life I’ve lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy, but I haven’t forgotten it.”

In an April 2013 address a housing trade group, Clinton stated, “If everybody’s watching, you know, all of the backroom discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So you need both a public and a private position. You just have to sort of figure out how to — getting back to that word, ‘balance’ – how to balance the public and the private efforts that are necessary to be successful, politically, and that’s not just a comment about today.”

At a Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit, Clinton complained about ethics rules that require officials to divest from certain assets before entering government: “There is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives.”

Speaking on regulation at the same event, Clinton stated, “The people that know the industry better than anybody are the people who work in the industry.”

Clinton’s tax returns show she made a minimum of $225,000 per speech. During her campaign against Senator Bernie Sanders earlier this year several people and organizations, including Sanders himself, demanded that she release her full transcripts of her paid speeches, to which she refused.

Spokesman for Clinton’s national presidential campaign, Glen Caplin, said: “We are not going to confirm the authenticity of stolen documents released by Julian Assange [of WikiLeaks] who has made no secret of his desire to damage Hillary Clinton. Guccifer 2.0 has already proven the warnings of top national security officials that documents can be faked as part of a sophisticated Russian misinformation campaign.”

You can read more on the leaked emails here


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