Hillary Clinton Surrogate Says She’ll Release Speech Transcripts…Hillary Said Otherwise

Hillary Clinton speaks during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in New York.
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Hillary Clinton surrogate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York says that Hillary Clinton is going to release the transcripts of behind-closed-doors speeches she gave to Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms.

But Hillary Clinton is still refusing to release those transcripts.

Gillibrand went off the reservation on CNN Friday morning:

“I think she will. I think she’s been clear that she’s going to, and yes I would,” Gillibrand said.

I post my taxes online. I was one of the first Senators to do that. And so, I like transparency and accountability and I know Hillary does as well. I think she wants to bring accountability into government, she want to, particularly on issues of foreign policy and national security. I think last night you saw, she was very, very lucid about how we can create stability in the Middle East as well as how do we keep America safe. So, I think she cares deeply about openness and transparency, and I think she will release those speeches at the appropriate time.

Clinton was booed at Thursday night’s Democratic debate when she refused to release her speech transcripts, giving three different empty explanations for why she has not done so.

This is not the first time the Clinton campaign has lost control of its surrogates.

At November’s Democratic debate in Des Moines, Clinton said that taking Wall Street cash after 9/11 was “a way to rebuke the terrorists” because Wall Street, located in Clinton’s adoptive state of New York, was targeted by Osama bin Laden.

In the Spin Room after that debate, Clinton surrogate Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee continued to use the 9/11 talking point as Clinton communications director Jen Palmieri tried to stop it.

“I’m glad you brought this up. She did not use it as a justification for Wall Street donations,” Palmieri told Breitbart News, denying that the campaign has a 9/11 talking point.

“Sounds like maybe I need to,” Palmieri said when asked if she would try to rein in surrogates like Jackson-Lee who were using the talking point. “I wasn’t aware of that.”