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Clinton Refuses To Release The Transcripts From Her Paid Speeches

- February 11, 2016

Clinton Originally Said She Will Look Into Releasing Her Paid Transcripts

Clinton Was Asked By Chuck Todd If She Would Release The Transcripts From Her Speeches To Goldman Sachs, Noting That Transcription Services Had Been Used At Those Speeches. "Maddow asked Clinton if she has been too dismissive of voters' concerns in that regard, including the $675,000 that Goldman Sachs paid her in speaking fees. A little while later, co-moderator Chuck Todd read a question from a voter who wanted to know if Clinton would release the transcripts of her speeches to Goldman. Todd observed that transcription services had been used at those speeches, meaning that transcripts likely do exist." (Elizabeth Bruenig, "Hillary Clinton Wants You To Believe She's Tough On Wall Street. She's Not." The New Republic, 2/4/16)

Clinton Responded By Saying "I Will Look Into It." "Clinton, for perhaps the first time in the debate, faltered. 'I will look into it,' she said. 'I don't know the status, but I will look into it... But I can only repeat what is the fact: I spoke to a lot of different groups, with a lot of different members…'" (Elizabeth Bruenig, "Hillary Clinton Wants You To Believe She's Tough On Wall Street. She's Not." The New Republic, 2/4/16)

But Now Clinton Says She Will Only Release Them If Everyone Does

Clinton Said She Would Release The Transcripts Only "If Everybody Does It…" "Clinton's answer on these calls have evolved over time. Clinton said earlier this month that she would 'look into' releasing the speeches. And earlier this week that she will release the transcripts 'if everybody does it, and that includes the Republicans.'" (Dan Merica, "New York Times Editorial Board To Clinton: Release Your Speech Transcripts," CNN, 2/25/16)

Clinton's Refusal To Release The Transcripts Has Been Met With Sharp Criticism

The New York Times Editorial Board: "Mrs. Clinton, Show Voters Those Transcripts" (The Editorial Board, "Mrs. Clinton, Show Voters Those Transcripts,"The New York Times, 2/25/16)

Vox Headline: "Hillary Clinton Has Already Lost The Fight Over Her Goldman Sachs Speeches" (Jeff Stein, "Hillary Clinton Has Already Lost The Fight Over Her Goldman Sachs Speeches," Vox, 2/9/16)

Clinton Has "Demonstrated A Remarkable Capacity To Escalate Rather Than Effectively Address Or Resolve Any Question, Critique Or Challenge If The Matter At Issue Is About Her. "Many times, it seems that Clinton makes them worse -- even far worse. Clinton has, since almost the start of her 2016 presidential campaign, demonstrated a remarkable capacity to escalate rather than effectively address or resolve any question, critique or challenge if the matter at issue is about her." (Janell Ross, "Why Can't Hillary Clinton Find A Good Answer On Goldman Sachs?" The Washington Post , 2/6/16)

Reporting Has Revealed That Clinton's Speeches Were "Decidedly Pro-Wall Street"

Salon Headline: "Hillary Clinton Can't Run Away From Her Goldman Sachs Problem: Report Suggests Her Paid Speeches Were Decidedly Pro-Wall Street" (Sean Illing, "Hillary Clinton Can't Run Away From Her Goldman Sachs Problem: Report Suggests Her Paid Speeches Were Decidedly Pro-Wall Street," Salon , 2/9/16)

According To People Who Heard Some Of Clinton's Paid Speeches, "She Spent No Time Criticizing Goldman Sachs Or Wall Street More Broadly For Its Role In The 2008 Financial Crisis." "According to people who heard Clinton's remarks, 'she spoke glowingly of the work the bank was doing raising capital and helping create jobs…She spent no time criticizing Goldman or Wall Street more broadly for its role in the 2008 financial crisis.'" (Sean Illing, "Hillary Clinton Can't Run Away From Her Goldman Sachs Problem: Report Suggests Her Paid Speeches Were Decidedly Pro-Wall Street," Salon , 2/9/16)

Another Attendee Said "It Sounded Like A Rah-Rah Speech … She Sounded More Like A Goldman Sachs Managing Director." "'It was pretty glowing about us,' said another attendee. 'It's so far from what she sounds like as a candidate now. It was like a rah-rah speech. She sounded more like a Goldman Sachs managing director.'" (Sean Illing, "Hillary Clinton Can't Run Away From Her Goldman Sachs Problem: Report Suggests Her Paid Speeches Were Decidedly Pro-Wall Street," Salon , 2/9/16)

No Matter How "Accurate These Accounts Are, It's A Very Bad Look For Clinton." "However accurate these accounts are, it's a very bad look for Clinton. The discourse on the Left right now is focused on greed and inequality and corruption - reports like this can only undermine Clinton's campaign." (Sean Illing, "Hillary Clinton Can't Run Away From Her Goldman Sachs Problem: Report Suggests Her Paid Speeches Were Decidedly Pro-Wall Street," Salon , 2/9/16)

"In The Year Of The Populist … This Will Plague Her Campaign For Several Months." "In any other election cycle, Clinton could easily survive this story - and she still can, of course. But 2016 is the year of the populist, and this will plague her campaign for several months." (Sean Illing, "Hillary Clinton Can't Run Away From Her Goldman Sachs Problem: Report Suggests Her Paid Speeches Were Decidedly Pro-Wall Street," Salon , 2/9/16)


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