Gillibrand Says Clinton Should and Will Release Wall Street Speech Transcripts

• April 15, 2016 9:38 am


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) said in an interview Friday on CNN that Hillary Clinton should and will release her transcripts from Wall Street firms, such as Goldman Sachs.

Clinton said yesterday, however, she would not release them until everyone else did.

This refusal of Clinton's to release her transcripts has become a point of criticism from both Republicans and Democrats.

"One of the barriers that came up last night in terms of process was about transparency," CNN's Chris Cuomo said. "Whether it's Sanders releasing his taxes or for Hillary Clinton, the speeches that are dogging her, that she gave to financial institutions.

"If this were you and someone said ‘Release the speeches,’ would you release them and do you think Hillary Clinton should?" Cuomo asked.

"I think she will," Gillibrand said. "I think she's been clear that she's going to and yes, I would. I post my taxes online. I was one of the first senators to do that. And so I like transparency and accountability and I know Hillary does as well. I think she wants to bring accountability into government. She wants to, particularly on issues of foreign policy and national security, I think last night, you saw, she was very, very lucid about how we can create stability in the Middle East as well as how do we keep America safe. So, I think she cares deeply about openness and transparency and I think she will release those speeches at the appropriate time."

"She says she'll do it when everybody else does. Would that be the standard for disclosure?" Cuomo said.

"I think everyone makes their own judgement," she said. "When I release my taxes and posted my financial disclosure in Congress as a congresswoman, I was the first member of Congress to put up my financial disclosure and put up all of my earmark requests. That was a new thing and I think we can all lead by example on this issue and I think transparency is always powerful and I think sunlight is always the best disinfectant to all issues."