Clinton tool objects to leaked emails which show how Hillary’s campaign handles her liabilities. Hilarity ensues.
The 2,086 emails, released Monday by WikiLeaks, brought the total number of records published through the hack to more than 4,000. Emails posted Friday by the same site contained 77 pages of excerpts from Clinton’s most controversial paid speeches.
Clinton dodged a question Sunday evening about the inconsistencies in her political positions that were revealed late last week when WikiLeaks published its first trove of Podesta emails.
……WikiLeaks claims to have taken as many as 50,000 emails from Podesta’s inbox, dating back to the 2008 campaign. The insight provided by his emails was largely eclipsed by the firestorm of criticism that followed the release, just hours earlier, of footage capturing lewd comments Donald Trump made to an NBC host in 2005.
……Clinton told an audience at a luncheon for the Jewish United Fund Of Metropolitan Chicago Vanguard in Oct. 2013 that the flow of Syrian refugees into Jordan had put that country’s security at risk.
“There’s a discussion going on now across the region to try to see where there might be common ground to deal with the threat posed by extremism,” Clinton said, according to paid speech transcripts included among Podesta’s emails.
“And particularly with Syria which has everyone quite worried, Jordan because it’s on their border and they have hundreds of thousands of refugees and they can’t possibly vet all those refugees so they don’t know if, you know, jihadists are coming in along with legitimate refugees,” she said.
Clinton has called on the U.S. to accept 65,000 Syrian refugees, a dramatic increase from Obama‘s proposal of 10,000.
While critics of the administration’s refugee policy have pointed to inadequacies in the vetting process, Clinton has staked her position on the assumption that U.S. officials have the resources to screen incoming Syrian refugees effectively.
……Donna Brazile, acting head of the Democratic National Committee, tipped off the Clinton campaign to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ plans to launch an education-themed “Twitterstorm” run by his African-American outreach team in January.
Brazile was then vice chair at the DNC.
……In a speech delivered to Mediacorp in 2013, Clinton admitted that the largest share of donations to the Clinton Foundation came from outside the U.S.
“Canadians per capita are the biggest supporters of the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative, so it’s great to be supported by so many Canadians,” Clinton said.
Transcripts show Clinton spoke frequently and affectionately of her family’s foundation and some of its largest donors, such as Bank of America and Gap, Inc.
……Emails suggested Clinton’s staff discussed ways to divert attention from the controversy brewing over the former secretary of state’s use of a private email server.
In one exchange from March 2015, for example, Podesta advised his fellow campaign hands that “we want the fight to be about Benghazi, not about servers in her basement.”
In another, her campaign team considered making light of the burgeoning scandal through jokes at an EMILY’S List dinner before scrapping the idea out of fear that the controversy could grow.
“We don’t know what’s in the emails, so we are nervous about this,” wrote Mandy Grunwald, a longtime Clinton adviser. “Might get a big laugh tonight and regret it when content of emails is disclosed.”
……Attacked constantly during the primary for her acceptance of large donations from big banks, Clinton was repeatedly forced to assert her commitment to cracking down on Wall Street.
Speech excerpts hint at Clinton’s affection for financial institutions, however.
In speeches to various special interests, Clinton defended the actions of Wall Street in the wake of the financial crisis and praised the work of big banks toward growing the economy.
“[M]any of you in this room are masters of the trend lines. You see over the horizon, you think about products that nobody has invented, and you go about the business of trying to do that,” Clinton told an audience at Goldman Sachs in Oct. 2013.
……Cheryl Mills, a board member at the Clinton Foundation, arranged for Clinton campaign staff to meet with a top Facebook executive in Feb. 2015 to obtain “gender research.”
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, agreed to attend an “HRC meeting” in early March along with her unnamed researcher in order to share data on “gender and leadership by women,” emails show.
……Excerpts of paid speeches that her campaign had flagged as potential liabilities showed Clinton said in May 2013 that she supported “open trade and open borders,” two policies she has explicitly denied during her presidential campaign.
“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,” Clinton said in a speech bought by Banco Itau, an Italian bank. She pocketed $225,000 for the Banco Itau speech.
……In April 2013, Clinton said lawmakers should conceal the policy-making process from voters because the backroom deals it entails could make them “nervous.”
“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,” Clinton said during a speech to the National Multi-Housing Council, for which she earned $225,000.
Her comments could prove problematic given that Clinton’s greatest weakness is her inability to gain the trust of many voters in her own party.
……Emails showed Chelsea Clinton was worried about a consulting firm that was founded by former aides to Bil Clinton, prompting clashes within the Clinton Foundation as staff fretted about the blurred lines between Clinton endeavors.
Teneo Strategies, co-founded by former Bill Clinton aide Doug Band, created potential conflicts of interest when Huma Abedin and Band went to State Department officials to seek assistance for Teneo’s clients. Abedin was employed at the State Department, the Clinton Foundation and Teneo simultaneously during the final months of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
In a Nov. 2011 email to Podesta, Band worried that “if this story gets out, we are screwed.” He was referring to Chelsea Clinton’s assertions that Teneo employees had begun to invoke Bill Clinton’s name, without his knowledge or consent, on behalf of corporate clients.
“She is acting like a spoiled brat kid who has nothing else to do but create issues to justify what she’s doing because she, as she has said, hasn’t found her way and has a lack of focus in her life,” Band said of the former first daughter’s criticisms.
Podesta also points out what has been obvious for years: Hillary hates average Americans.:
The Fruit Company speech (at the link) is chock full of stories reminiscent of her working class father who “ran a small business in Chicago – and I mean very small. He printed fabric for draperies and then he went out and sold them”, and “we need to build an economy for tomorrow, instead of yesterday, where being middle class means something again.” The very middle class with which she’s so far out of touch, she acts more like a fucking Queen Bee than a public servant.
Hillary admits that the Saudis are some of the worst terrorist facilitators in the muzzie realm:
Leaked email exchanges allegedly between Hillary Clinton and her 2016 campaign chair John Podesta reportedly show the Democratic nominee identify Saudi Arabia and Qatar as “clandestine financial and logistic” supporters of ISIS.
“While this military/para-military operation is moving forward, we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL [Isis] and other radical Sunni groups in the region,” Clinton reportedly wrote in 2014.
“This effort will be enhanced by the stepped up commitment in the [Kurdish Regional Government]. The Qataris and Saudis will be put in a position of balancing policy between their ongoing competition to dominate the Sunni world and the consequences of serious US pressure.”