Clinton Again Refuses to Release Speech Transcripts

May 3, 2016

Hillary Clinton was asked in an interview with Andrea Mitchell if she would release the transcripts of paid speeches that she gave to firms on Wall Street, only to have Clinton once again refuse to release the transcripts and then further dodge questions on the issue.

Clinton turned her fire not to the person who has been calling for her to release the transcripts the most, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), but toward her most likely Republican opponent in the general election, Donald Trump.

"The President said in his speech Saturday night, that if those jokes worked well, he was going to use that material once he's out of office with Goldman Sachs to make a lot of Tubmans," Mitchell said. "And which brings to mind, you know, the attack line from Bernie Sanders about the Goldman Sachs speech, what was in that speech that you wouldn't want to reveal to the people who are voting for you?

"Nothing, and you know, I—" Clinton said.

"So why not just put it out there?" Mitchell asked.

"Well, because, I know that others, including Mr. Trump, have made speeches, and he, look at where we are. I've put out 33 years of tax returns," Clinton said.

"So if he puts out his tax returns, would you put out your transcripts?" Mitchell asked.

"No, let's talk about apples and apples. And I know that Donald Trump hasn't put out any of his. Let's deal with the standards that have been in place for decades before we move on to new standards imposed on me and nobody else," Clinton said. "So, let's get tax returns out, let's get Donald Trump's tax returns out and then let's get the transcripts of his speeches because as I'm told, he's made a whole lot more money on a single speech than I have."