Criticism Continues of Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street Speech Judgment

• May 18, 2016 1:47 pm


After Hillary Clinton released a personal financial disclosure, it has been revealed that Clinton made nearly $1.5 million last year from paid speeches,which has raised questions about her judgment.

Her husband, former president Bill Clinton, made approximately $5 million in paid speeches in 2015, including some made after Hillary announced her presidential candidacy.

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell talked to Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today. Both questioned the Clintons' judgment.

"So in the first couple of months of 2015, she knew she was going to run. She announced in April. Between January and April, she made a million and a half dollars in speeches, including speeches of $200,000-plus, $315,000-plus, only weeks before she was announcing," Mitchell said. "I still wonder about the judgment of that. Bill Clinton, while she was running still was making speeches, $4 million-plus in their financial disclosures."

"Here's a perplexing thing, the two toughest issues she's had to deal with in these primaries, which would be the speeches she gave on Wall Street and her use of an exclusive email server while Secretary of State, both are decisions she made herself," Page said. "These are completely self-inflicted wounds. And it makes you wonder, you know, she knew she was either going to run for president or she might run for president, even at the point she became Secretary of State.

"So, why did she take these actions that are guaranteed to reinforce some of the questions about her behavior, her judgment?" Page said. "I don't understand it."