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- October 18, 2016

In 2013, Clinton Said Behind Closed Doors That In Order To Be "Successful, Politically" You Need To Have "Both A Public And Private Position" On Public Policy. CLINTON: "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. That, I think, has probably been true for all of our history, and if you saw the Spielberg movie, Lincoln, and how he was maneuvering and working to get the 13th Amendment passed, and he called one of my favorite predecessors, Secretary Seward, who had been the governor and senator from New York, ran against Lincoln for president, and he told Seward, I need your help to get this done. And Seward called some of his lobbyist friends who knew how to make a deal, and they just kept going at it. I mean, politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody's watching, you know, all of the back room 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. And finally, I think - I believe in evidence-based decision making. I want to know what the facts are. I mean, it's like when you guys go into some kind of a deal, you know, are you going to do that development or not, are you going to do that renovation or not, you know, you look at the numbers. You try to figure out what's going to work and what's not going to work." (TCARRK@HillaryClinton.com, Speech For National Multi-Housing Council, 4/24/13, Email To Clinton Campaign Communications Staff, 2/8/16)

INSTEAD OF MAKING A DECISION BASED ON AMERICA'S INTERESTS, CLINTON AND HER CAMPAIGN REPEATEDLY PLAYED POLITICS WITH THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

In 2014, John Podesta Had A Section On Keystone "Cut" From Clinton's Memoir Hard Choices

In April 2014, Speechwriter Dan Schwerin Emailed John Podesta To Suggest Removing References To The Keystone XL Pipeline From Clinton's Memoir Hard Choices. " Our editor Jonathan Karp has suggested to HRC that she cut the reference to Keystone from the book, a change that apparently is still manageable in the production process even at this late date (lets hope it doesn't open the > floodgates). His view is that it 'reads like you're punting on an issue I don't think readers are expecting you to address in the first place. Unless you feel some need to mention it, I'm not sure what the gain is. You say you're waiting for the study before making a determination, but I question whether any study is capable of defining a clear course of action, and some > readers might think that relying on a study is a stalling tactic.' As background, she decided to write about Keystone because her daughter suggested that it would be a glaring omission and look like an even worse dodge if she left it out. Podesta, copied here, helped us craft the language below, which HRC/WJC edited again this week. I'd like to present her with a recommendation as soon as possible as to whether we think this should stay or go. Thoughts?" (Dan Schwerin, Email To John Podesta, "Keystone In The Book," John Podesta Wikileaks, 4/22/14)

Podesta Expressed Support In Cutting The Keystone Pipeline Section From The Book By Replying, "Cut." "Cut" (John Podesta, Email To Dan Schwerin, "Re: Keystone In The Book," John Podesta Wikileaks, 4/23/14)

Robby Mook Tried To Use Keystone To Distract From Clinton's Growing E-Mail Scandal

In August 2015, Campaign Manager Robby Mook Suggested That Clinton Publicly "Come Out Against Keystone" In Order To Distract From Her E-Mail Scandal. "One thought on her doing press on Sunday vs Monday: whether the press wants to cover it or not, we have pretty hefty policy to roll out on Monday, so if we get this out of the way Sunday, the policy gives us a nice way to move forward. We could even have her come out against Keystone on Monday as well (not sure where that stands), which will solicit criticism but that might help distract from emails. Kind of like bundling taxes, health, and email last Friday. In any case, I would vote for having her address this Sunday, so we can legitimately claim she's trying to move on and address what voters care about on Monday. Just a thought." (Robby Mook, E-Mail To Jennifer Palmieri, Et. Al, "Re: Email Statement," John Podesta Wikileaks, 8/7/15)

Just Before Publicly Opposing Keystone, Clinton Told A Closed Door Union Audience That She Wasn't Necessarily Opposed To Keystone

On September 9, 2015, Clinton Told A Meeting Of The Building Trades Union That She As President She Would Not Necessarily Veto The Keystone Pipeline If It Were Approved By Congress. QUESTIONER: "I want to ask you a hard question on the same thing. If you become the president and we turn the next Congress around and we get it passed, would you veto it?" CLINTON: "You know, I don't know the answer to that. I don't want to mislead you. I don't know the answer to that and I'll tell you why, because I don't think that Congress has the authority to pass it. The law is pretty clear that this is an executive decision because it crosses the Canadian border. Remember that Congress tried to do something on it before and the general opinion was it doesn't mean anything because they have no authority to do it." (Varun Anand, E-Mail To Jennifer Palmieri, Et. Al., "20150909 Transcript Building Trades Union (Keystone XL)," John Podesta Wikileaks, 9/9/15)

Before She Caved To Environmentalists On Keystone, Clinton Openly Bashed Them In Front Of The Union Audience, Saying They Should "Get A Life"

Clinton Said Sanders Was Getting Support From "The Most Radical Environmentalists" Because He Was "Bashing" Keystone. CLINTON: "It's symbolic and it's not going to go away. They're all hanging on to it. So you know Bernie Sanders is getting lots of support from the most radical environmentalists because he's out there every day bashing the Keystone pipeline." (Varun Anand, E-Mail To Jennifer Palmieri, Et. Al., "20150909 Transcript Building Trades Union (Keystone XL)," John Podesta Wikileaks, 9/9/15)

Clinton Described Herself As Being "At Odds With The Most Organized And Wildest" Environmentalists, Saying She Wouldn't Pledge To Keep Fossil Fuels In The Ground, And Said They Should "Get A Life." CLINTON: "And you know, I'm already at odds with the most organized and wildest. They come to my rallies and they yell at me and, you know, all the rest of it. They say, 'Will you promise never to take any fossil fuels out of the earth ever again?' No. I won't promise that. Get a life, you know. So I want to get the right balance and that's what I'm [inaudible] about-- getting all the stakeholders together. Everybody's not going to get everything they want, that's not the way it's supposed to work in a democracy, but everybody needs to listen to each other." (Varun Anand, E-Mail To Jennifer Palmieri, Et. Al., "20150909 Transcript Building Trades Union (Keystone XL)," John Podesta Wikileaks, 9/9/15)

Clinton Told The Union Audience That "I Don't Particularly Care" That Environmentalists Were Supporting Sanders Instead Of Her, Saying "I'm Just Talking Through Them." "You know, I'm having conversations in these town halls and these meetings I'm having with a lot of people who break into my meetings, they hold up posters, they scream at me, and all the rest of that: 'Stop extracting fossil fuels, stop extracting on public lands, come out against nuclear, coal' you name it. They are after everything and I'm just talking through them. And of course they go support somebody else. That's fine and I don't particularly care. But I do think I have to say, look, given everything else we have to do in this country, this is not an issue for me that I'm going to say I support. I want to work on other stuff." (Varun Anand, E-Mail To Jennifer Palmieri, Et. Al., "20150909 Transcript Building Trades Union (Keystone XL)," John Podesta Wikileaks, 9/9/15)

Clinton's Energy Adviser Essentially Admitted Her Energy Infrastructure Plan Is Just A Big Giveaway To Appease Big Labor, Which Was Upset With Clinton's Keystone Stance

In An August 2015 E-Mail, Energy Adviser Trevor Houser Indicated Clinton's Energy Infrastructure Plan Was Simply A Series Of Policies To Placate Labor Unions After Clinton Publicly Opposed The Keystone Pipeline. "Attached is the current draft of an op-ed on KXL and our overall energy infrastructure package and a detailed fact sheet on the latter. Remains to be seen whether the op-ed will be released before or after the President decides on the pipeline so it's been drafted both ways. A few things to flag from the fact sheet that should help soften the blow to the Building Trades of the KXL decision." (Trevor Houser, E-Mail To Amanda Renteria, Et. Al, "Re: KXL," John Podesta Wikileaks, 8/22/15)


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