Wikileaks released more than 2,000 emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s account over the weekend, including the transcripts of some her paid speeches to Wall Street groups. The emails flagged certain excerpts of her speeches, which Clinton has refused to release, that could cause problems for her campaign.

The transcripts, as the conservative Washington Times wrote, “appear to reinforce the worst presumptions that conservatives and skeptical progressives have about the former first lady.”


One position in private, another in public

One of the most notable excerpts includes Clinton telling the National Multi-Housing Council in 2013 “you need both a public and a private position” on political issues, according to CBS News. Clinton was drawing a parallel with Abraham Lincoln’s tnegotiating tactics at the time.

Pro-free trade?

Another key excerpt includes Clinton saying that she dreams “of ‘open trade and open borders’ throughout the Western Hemisphere,” per the New York Times, raising questions about her opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Clinton initially supported the deal in its negotiating stages, but has since said that she opposes the trade deal (which would open up trade between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific nations). Donald Trump has said repeatedly that he does not believe Clinton and expects her to approve of TPP if elected president.

Coziness with Wall Street

In two different speeches to bankers at Goldman Sachs, Clinton demonstrated “her long and warm ties to some of Wall Street’s most powerful figures,” according to the NYT. In one speech, Clinton said: “There is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives,” according to the emails.

And in another, “Clinton said it was an ‘oversimplification’ to blame the global financial crisis of 2008 on the U.S. banking system.”

Clinton also suggested in the transcripts that Wall Street should be involved in writing new financial regulations, arguing that they know the industry better than anyone.

Paid for speeches

The NYT notes that the Clintons “have made more than $120 million in speeches to Wall Street and special interests since Bill Clinton left the White House in 2001. Mrs. Clinton typically earned $225,000 for speeches, though she sometimes donated her fees to her family foundation.”


The Clinton campaign has not confirmed the authenticity of the leaked emails. But a spokesman, in a statement to the NYT, “pointed to the United States government’s findings that Russian officials had used WikiLeaks to hack documents in order to sway the outcome of the presidential election, suggesting that the leak of Mr. Podesta’s emails was also engineered by Russian officials determined to help Mr. Trump.”

— Sarah Mimms

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