April 15, 2016

VIDEO: Clinton Surrogate Says Clinton Will Release Transcripts

This morning on CNN, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) broke with the Clinton campaign line to say that Hillary Clinton should and will release her transcripts. Gillibrand went even further, saying Clinton should do so regardless of what other people do.

CNN’s CHRIS CUOMO: “One of the barriers that came up last night in terms of process was about transparency, whether its 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?”

SEN. GILLIBRAND: “I think she will. 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 want 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.”

CUOMO: “She says she’ll do it when everyone else does. Should that be the standard for disclosure?”

SEN. GILLIBRAND: “I think everyone makes their own judgment. When I released 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 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. So, the more we can do the better, and I’m glad that Bernie’s going to release his taxes. I think that is the better standard. As you know the governor releases his taxes, it’s become a standard in New York state. But New York state typically leads by example, so that’s a good thing.”

This contradicts what Hillary Clinton said herself last night, dodging calls to release the transcripts:

Every day it becomes clearer and clearer that if Hillary Clinton wants to put this issue behind her, she needs to release the transcripts.