'Open Trade and Open Borders': Hacked Emails Contain Transcripts of Clinton Paid Speeches

Emails obtained illegally from the inbox of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, appear to contain partial transcripts of Clinton’s paid speaking engagements that could have harmed her had they leaked to the press.

In one paid speech to the National Multi-Housing Council in April 2013, for example, Clinton’s staff highlighted that she had said that “YOU NEED TO HAVE A PRIVATE AND PUBLIC POSITION ON POLICY [sic].”

“If Everybody’s Watching, You Know, All Of The Back Room Discussions And The Deals, You Know, Then People Get A Little Nervous, To Say The Least. So, You Need Both A Public And A Private Position [sic],” read an excerpt from the transcript.

Clinton earned $225,000 for that speech, according to her financial disclosures.

Clinton said in a speech to Banco Itau, an Italian bank, that she supported “open borders” and free trade in May 2013.

“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 said. Clinton pocketed $225,000 for the Banco Itau speech.

The excerpts were described as “flags” from the Democratic nominee’s paid speeches as identified by “HWA,” likely an acronym for the Harry Walker Agency, which represented both Clintons on the paid speaking circuit.

Other transcripts showed her touting her “great relations” with Wall Street and featured her defending big banks…

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