This afternoon, Wikileaks released over 2,000 emails involving Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta. (He was the chief of staff for Bill Clinton from 1998 to 2001 and runs the Podesta Group, a ghoulish D.C. lobbying firm.) The most interesting nugget to surface thus far in the emails is a series of transcripts from paid speeches that Clinton gave to Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and others in 2013 and 2014, shortly after she resigned her post as Secretary of State.
Clinton made $225,000 for one of the engagements, and Bernie Sanders and others attacked her for taking the gig during the Democratic primary. She briefly discussed releasing the transcripts, but this leak is the first time they’ve surfaced. BuzzFeed first reported on the transcripts.
The email including selected bits of 25 speeches was sent to John Podesta and other senior campaign staff by Clinton research director Tony Carrk on January 25, 2016 at 12:28 a.m. EST. Carrk introduced the email by indicating that the highlights represented policy positions “that we should give an extra scrub.”
Attached are the flags from HRC’s paid speeches we have from HWA. I put some highlights below. There is a lot of policy positions that we should give an extra scrub with Policy.
To get a sense of the thorny positions she took during those speeches, here are the subheaders that Carrk grouped the excerpts under. Most of them involve her close relationships with big banks.
- *CLINTON ADMITS SHE IS OUT OF TOUCH*
- *CLINTON REMARKS ARE PRO KEYSTONE AND PRO TRADE*
- *CLINTON SAYS YOU NEED TO HAVE A PRIVATE AND PUBLIC POSITION ON POLICY*
- *CLINTON TALKS ABOUT HOLDING WALL STREET ACCOUNTABLE ONLY FOR POLITICAL REASONS*
- *CLINTON SUGGESTS WALL STREET INSIDERS ARE WHAT IS NEEDED TO FIX WALL STREET*
- *CLINTON ADMITS NEEDING WALL STREET FUNDING*
- *CLINTON TOUTS HER RELATIONSHIP TO WALL STREET AS A SENATOR*
- *CLINTON SUGGESTS SHE IS A MODERATE*
- *CLINTON TALKS ABOUT THE CHALLENGES RUNNING FOR OFFICE*
- *CLINTON IS AWARE OF SECURITY CONCERNS AROUND BLACKBERRIES*
- *CLINTON IS MORE FAVORABLE TO CANADIAN HEALTH CARE AND SINGLE PAYER*
In all, none of this amounts to Clinton talking to her corporate paymasters about how she wants to oppress the 99%, but it does amount to her openly talking to financial elites about how as a center-right politician, her interests align her with theirs. Here is the full transcript of the email:
*CLINTON ADMITS SHE IS OUT OF TOUCH*
*Hillary Clinton: “I’m Kind Of Far Removed” From The Struggles Of The Middle Class “Because The Life I’ve Lived And The Economic, You Know, Fortunes That My Husband And I Now Enjoy.” *“And I am not taking a position on any policy, but I do think there is a growing sense of anxiety and even anger in the country over the feeling that the game is rigged.
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