Hillary Clinton Reportedly Calls for 'Open Trade' in Leaked Speeches to Wall Street Firms
Bernie Sanders repeatedly called on her to release the text of her speeches from 2013 and 2014, but she refused
Excerpts allegedly from Hillary Clinton‘s paid speeches to Goldman Sachs and other financial firms were made public by Wikileaks on Friday when the site shared hundreds of hacked emails from her campaign chairman, John Podesta.
According to transcripts of the closed-door speeches, the Democratic nominee told bankers that she favored “open trade and open borders,” according to The Guardian.
“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere,” she allegedly said in the May 2013 speech to the Brazilian bank Banco Itau, going against her opposition of the TransPacific Partnership.
Donald Trump has made opposition to trade deals a cornerstone of his campaign.
The excerpts also include comments made at an event sponsored by Goldman Sachs in 2013 where Clinton spoke of the need to consult Wall Street over financial reform, conflicting with her liberal approach used while vying for the Democratic nomination.
“The people that know the industry better than anybody are the people who work in the industry,” she said.
Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s rival in the Democratic primaries, repeatedly called on her to release the text of her speeches from 2013 and 2014, but she refused. The Guardian reports her minimum fee was $225,000 per speech, according to tax returns.
The Clinton campaign would not confirm the authenticity of the leaked documents.
Podesta shared a series of tweets Friday night, calling the reveal a Russian hack and questioning if the documents had been altered.
“I’m not happy about being hacked by the Russians in their quest to throw the election to Donald Trump,” Podesta wrote. “Don’t have time to figure out which docs are real and which are faked.”
Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine also questioned the authenticity of the documents in an appearance on CNN Sunday, even accusing Russia of having involvement in the hack.
“I have no way of knowing the accuracy of documents dumped by this hacking organization,” Kaine said. “If that is in fact true, then you cannot accept as gospel truth anything they put in a document.”