The highly-paid speeches Hillary Clinton gave to financial institutions were “friendly” and “light,” according to a new report, as Clinton’s rival Bernie Sanders continues to make the speeches a campaign issue and Clinton faces growing pressure to release transcripts.
The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources who attended some of the speeches or are familiar with them, reports that during a speech to Goldman Sachs, Clinton didn’t pin the blame on bankers alone for the 2008 financial crisis. A person who attended one talk described it as almost “gushy.”
Clinton has not released transcripts of the speeches, and she said during a recent town hall that she would “look into it.” Clinton earned as much as $225,000 for every speech she delivered to financial institutions like Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank AG, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America in the two years that followed her tenure as Secretary of State. The speeches have become a point of contention on the campaign trail, where her populist Sanders has accused Clinton of being too cozy with Wall Street.