WASHINGTON: Three of Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches to Goldman Sachs were released Saturday by WikiLeaks, casting an awkward spotlight on the Democrat’s ties to the biggest players on Wall Street in the final stretch of the White House race.
Clinton’s campaign did not contest the authenticity of the remarks, which were part of a huge trove of documents hacked from the emails of campaign chairman John Podesta by WikiLeaks.
Clinton’s remarks are not dramatically out of step with her public remarks on the same issues, though they may read as a bit more forthright in style.
In her October 2013 address to Goldman Sachs, she suggested something had to be done to rein in Wall Street abuses “for political reasons.”
“There was also a need to do something because for political reasons, if you were an elected member of Congress and people in your constituency were losing jobs and shutting businesses and everybody in the press is saying it’s all the fault of Wall Street, you can’t sit idly by and do nothing,” Clinton said.
Clinton made the paid speeches to the financial giant between the time she left her position as secretary of state and started her White House bid.
Meanwhile, on the Republican front, Donald Trump’s tough-on-crime stance has been met with sharp rebukes in Chicago. “We are not interested in any strategy that involves compromising the civil rights of citizens,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement.
“It would effectively drive black people and people of law enforcement further apart,” said Robinson, who is black.
Jedidiah Brown, a Chicago community activist also believes the strategy would be counterproductive.
“In order for you to solve crimes,” Brown said, “You have to have relationships, people willing to talk to you, trust you, and tell you who the perpetrators are.”
Ed Yohnka, a spokesman of the American Civil Liberties Union denounced Trump’s stance saying, “The notion that to go back to the old system that you simply stop people for being present in their neighborhoods, is going backwards.”