As Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton faces unexpectedly tough primary battles against her rival, socialist Bernie Sanders — as well as an FBI investigation hanging over her head for her exclusive use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state — another possible issue has emerged which could potentially derail her campaign.
Clinton has been questioned by many about $675,000 she received in payments from Goldman Sachs for giving three speeches in 2013, particularly in light of the fact that she routinely denounces the investment firm and Wall Street during her campaign events, stating that many of the power players should be thrown in jail for the roles they played in the 2008 banking crisis which sent the country into a recession.
Now some people who attended the events have come forward with incriminating information about what she said during those appearances — the transcripts of which she refuses to release to the public.
According to Politico, Clinton praised the bank during an October 2013 Arizona meeting of executives from the firm and other attendees from the tech field. She reportedly spoke glowingly of the diversity of Goldman’s workforce and the prominent roles played by women at the bank. At no point did she criticize Goldman Sachs or speak ill of Wall Street in general. Said one person who watched the event:
“It was pretty glowing about us. 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.”
At another speech to the investment giant and wealthy clients, Clinton stated that “it wasn’t just the banks that caused the financial crisis and that it was worth looking at the landmark 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law to see what was working and what wasn’t,” according to an attendee, who added, “In this environment, it could be made to look really bad.”
The Clinton campaign has referred to the comments as “trolling” and has declined to comment further on calls that she release the transcripts of the three paid speeches she gave to Goldman Sachs. It seems highly unlikely that the information will be released, as it would put her at a distinct disadvantage to Vermont Senator Sanders, who condemns her ties to Wall Street.
Hillary’s excuse that she took the $675,000 from Goldman because “that’s what they offered,” has not assuaged the concerns of voters who doubt Clinton will have their best interests at heart should she win the presidential election.
As for the person who saw Clinton’s Arizona remarks to Goldman, they doubt the campaign would ever release them. “It would bury her against Sanders,” said the attendee. “It really makes her look like an ally of the firm.”