For the eighth day in a row, Wikileaks released hundreds of purportedly hacked emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta‘s account. Included in this batch were three transcripts of speeches Clinton gave to Goldman Sachs, as well as comments she made at a union meeting. Here are the highlights.
Goldman Sachs Transcripts
There was no “smoking gun” in these transcripts, but they do show Clinton’s rhetoric on Wall Street is slightly tougher on the campaign trail than it is in private.
On the trail, Clinton has invoked the need to “crack down” on banks. “We can’t ever let Wall Street wreck main street again and we put some good strong regulations on the banks after the great recession,” she said earlier in the month in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
But in an October 2013 speech, Clinton spoke of the need to strike a balance on regulating the industry. “There’s nothing magic about regulations, too much is bad, too little is bad. How do you get to the golden key, how do we figure out what works?” she said.
“The people that know the industry better than anybody are the people who work in the industry,” she added. She also emphasized that, as a senator, she had great relations with Wall Street and had a lot of respect for “the work you do and the people who do it.”
In late December, Donald Trump warned that Bill Clinton‘s past history with women was “fair game,” for the campaign trail. In January, Clinton’s lawyer David Kendall — who called the situation a “slimefest” — sent Podesta a series of documents related to Juanita Broaddrick, a woman who claims Bill Clinton raped her in 1978. The documents include an affidavit and cover letter from Broaddrick’s lawyer, which Kendall said affirms Broaddrick says under oath that the allegations she made against the former president were not true, as well as a document showing Ken Starr, who ran the Clinton White House independent counsel, trying to provide her with immunity.
Comments About Fracking and Environmentalists
According to a transcript of Clinton’s remarks at the Building Trades Union meeting circulated among her aides, she said the environmental activists who often showed up defiantly at her rallies should “get a life.” This was in response to a question about the Keystone pipeline, on September 9, 2015. Clinton came out against the Keystone Pipeline roughly two weeks later.
“Bernie Sanders is getting lots of support from the most radical environmentalists because he’s out there every day bashing the Keystone pipeline. And, you know, I’m not into it for that. I’ve been — my view is I want to defend natural gas. I want to defend repairing and building the pipelines we need to fuel our economy. I want to defend fracking under the right circumstances,” she said at the meeting. “I want to defend this stuff. 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.”
The Clinton campaign said the release of these emails were Russia’s attempt to influence the election.
“There is no getting around it: Donald Trump is cheering on a Russian attempt to influence our election through a crime reminiscent of Watergate but on a more massive scale. We’re witnessing another effort to steal private campaign documents in order to influence an election. Only this time, instead of filing cabinets, it’s people’s emails they’re breaking into and a foreign government is behind it,” Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin said. “Oddly, Trump continues to defend Putin and deflect blame. It’s time for Donald Trump to condemn this intrusion by the Kremlin and tell voters what did his campaign know and when did they know it.”