Hillary Clinton is under fire for refusing to release transcripts of all the paid speeches that she gave to Wall Street firms, including Goldman Sachs.
In CNN’s South Carolina Democratic town hall in Columbia, Clinton refused to release transcripts of speeches she has given to Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms until other candidates release their speech transcripts.
“Sure if everybody does it and that includes the Republicans because we know they have given a bunch of speeches. But, look, what is this about?” Clinton complained.
“Why is there one standard for me and not for everybody else?” Clinton said.
“The argument seems to be that if you took money” from business, then you cannot be impartial in government. But Clinton said that President Obama took a record amount of Wall Street cash, “and then he turned around and he pushed through the toughest regulations.”
“I went to Wall Street BEFORE the Great Recession. I called them out.”
Clinton’s answer garnered immediate backlash from Democratic Party insider David Axelrod, who is no fan of Clinton, and journalists from outlets including The Intercept and The International Business Times.
Translation: No transcripts.#DemTownHall
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) February 24, 2016
Clinton kinda throws Obama under the bus, says he took more Wall St money than anyone in 2008. She then says Obama still took on Wall St
— Andrew Perez (@andrewperezdc) February 24, 2016
— Dan Froomkin (@froomkin) February 24, 2016
Bernie Sanders said during his portion of the town hall that Team Clinton is “probably nervous about the Wall Street issue.”
Clinton also offered a weak defense for her private email scandal, and the news that she could be subpoenaed as part of the FBI’s Espionage Act violation.
“The facts are that every single time someone hurls these charges against me as they have done, there’s just nothing to it” Clinton said. “Here I have turned over 55,000 pages of emails.”
Clinton also said that no other State Department official has ever been more transparent.
As Breitbart News exclusively reported, Clinton and top aide Cheryl Mills avoided signing a mandatory disclosure form affirming that they had returned all of their classified materials, which they had not done by the time they left the State Department.