One of the more disturbing revelations from this year’s U.S. presidential election, has been Hillary Clinton’s compulsive propensity to hide all sorts of things from the American public. While I appreciate one’s right to privacy as much as the next person, if you want to run for President of these United States, transparency and engagement with the public should be a top priority and requirement.
In this post, I want to highlight three troubling ways in which Hillary Clinton has been shamelessly and inexplicably hiding things from the public throughout her presidential run.
The first instance is one that came up frequently during the Democratic primary. That is, transcripts of the extraordinarily high priced speeches she gave to numerous corporations, including multiple Wall Street banks that were at the center of the 2008/09 financial crisis.
In a very popular post published back in May, I highlighted all her speeches from 2013-15, including the specific amounts earned. The total came to $21.7 million, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Clintons leveraging public office to enrich themselves to oligarchic levels. For example, as CNN reported back in February:
Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a CNN analysis shows.
In total, the two gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until May, receiving an average payday of $210,795 for each address. The two also reported at least $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to big banks, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic 2016 front-runner, collecting at least $1.8 million for at least eight speeches to big banks.
Given the extraordinary amount of money the couple earned over the past decade and a half, you’d think the public would have a right to hear what she actually said to many of these entities, especially the chronically corrupt TBTF Wall Street banks. Nevertheless, she refuses to release the transcripts.
For an idea as to why she might be hiding the content of these speeches, see:
Hiding Wall Street speech transcripts is just one example of Hillary Clinton’s extreme secretiveness and shadiness when it comes to her lack of accountability to the American public.
Example number two relates to the extremes she went to hide her communications while Secretary of State. By now, everyone knows about her private email server and the FBI investigation that solidified what many of us already knew — she is above the law.
What you may not know, are some of the additional details surrounding her email affair courtesy of the FBI notes released on Friday ahead of a long holiday weekend. Let’s review a few of them courtesy of Chris Cillizza’s article published in the Washington Post, 12 Things I Learned From the FBI Report on Hillary Clinton’s Private Email Server:
1. Clinton had 13 mobile devices during her four years at the State Department and five iPads.
2. Clinton never sought approval to conduct state business on her own private email server despite “an obligation to do so.”
3. Former secretary of state Colin L. Powell advised Clinton to keep it secret that she was using a BlackBerry to conduct official business.
4. A note sent to all State Department employees on Clinton’s behalf warned them against the risks of using personal email addresses for official business.
Yet she did it anyway.
5. The State Department, regularly during Clinton’s tenure, sent out notes warning of the dangers of using mobile devices not up to agency security standards.
Yet she did it anyway.
6. Clinton neither participated in conversations with her lawyers about how to determine which emails were professional and which were personal, nor did she provide them any guidance as to the locations of those emails.
7. Clinton told the FBI the decision to delete her personal emails was because she didn’t need them anymore, not because she was trying to avoid State Department, FBI or Freedom of Information Act requests.
8. Three weeks after the New York Times broke the story of the existence of Clinton’s email server, a number of Clinton’s emails were deleted.
9. The FBI found 17,448 work-related and personal emails that Clinton did not turn over to the State Department.
10. Clinton told the FBI that she was unaware that the “C” marking on emailed documents meant they were confidential.
11. Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime Clinton associate, sent the secretary of state 179 email memos during her time as the nation’s top diplomat.
For more on Mr. Blumenthal, see: How the Clinton Foundation Paid Sidney Blumenthal $10K per Month as He Gave Horrible Libya Advice to the State Dept.
12. Clinton was concerned that her email had been hacked.
But that’s not all. We also learned the following from The Boston Globe:
Clinton has repeatedly said her use of private email was allowed. But over a 3 ½ hour interview in July, she told investigators she ‘‘did not explicitly request permission to use a private server or email address,’’ the FBI wrote. They said no one at the State Department raised concerns during her tenure, and that Clinton said everyone with whom she exchanged emails knew she was using a private email address.
Clinton and her legal team deleted thousands more emails she claimed were personal and private. The FBI report details steps taken by Clinton’s staff that appear intended to hamper the recovery of deleted data, including smashing her old Blackberry smartphones with a hammer and using special software to wipe the hard drive of a server she had used.
As you can see, the American public views Hillary Clinton as dishonest and untrustworthy not because of sexism, but because she is an extraordinarily shady person.
These first two examples of Hillary hiding something we just reviewed relate to her going to great lengths to hide or obscure her communications. With respect to the first case, she continues to hide the comments she made in private speeches to the corporate titans who fund her campaign. In the second case, she has made it impossible for the American public to know precisely what she was up to as Secretary of State due to her brazen and unapproved decision to use a private email server.
While all of that is bad enough, Hillary continues to showcase her compulsive tendency to hide up to the current moment. What I’m referring to is that despite her being two months away from asking the American public to vote for her to be President, she continues to hide from the press and citizenry as a whole, while jet-setting from one of the nation’s most elite enclaves to another, pleading for additional oligarchs money in private fundraisers.
Let’s begin with her absurd and arrogant stance of refusing to hold press conferences. She hasn’t held one in 274, and if you’d like to keep track at home, click on the screen shot below for a live tracker.
So we know who she’s not meeting with. Let’s now turn to Politico to find out who she is meeting with (privately of course):
They Paved Paradise and Put up a Parking Lot, Aug. 30: Clinton hit up three big fundraisers in the Hamptons. While she raked in the cash, the pool didn’t have much to report on. “Pool was unable to hear a word of HRC’s remarks at first cocktail party. She also took questions, which pool was also prohibited from hearing.”
At an evening fundraiser hosted by Jimmy Buffett, Clinton was inside dancing with Paul McCartney, according to attendees. Pool reporters were stationed about 400 yards away from the house, “among the parked cars.”
Basement Blues, Aug. 29: While Clinton entertained donors who coughed up $33,400 a head to attend a Hamptons fundraiser at the home of Jay Snyder, there was “no chance of your pool hearing Clinton here. We are being held in a quaint, but lovely guest house, while Clinton is in the main house.” Earlier in the day, there was a brief window at a fundraiser when the pool could hear Clinton’s remarks. That was quickly remedied. “Staff shooed us into a hidden room farther in the basement out of earshot.”
Exclusive Interview with a Caretaker, Aug. 28: Clinton attended four fundraisers in the Hamptons. In Bridgehampton, pool “had a funny exchange with the man who described himself as the caretaker of the house where we waited. He asked when we were leaving to go into the fundraiser and see her. We told him no, we aren’t allowed to do that. He seemed incredulous.” Pool reported no sighting of Clinton the entire day.
Chocolates, Questions, Aug. 25: Clinton popped into Hub Coffee Roasters after a rally in Reno, Nevada. There, she ignored questions about Donald Trump lobbed at her from the reporters in the coffee shop. Instead, she encouraged them to sample Dorinda’s Chocolates. “It’s really good!” she said.
Muffled Mumblings, Aug. 24: Clinton attended a full day of fundraisers in California, but at the end of a long day that ended at 10 p.m., “pool lost sight of the motorcade as it pulled into the hotel garage, marking a full day without a glimpse of Clinton.” While Clinton raised money at the estate of Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs, the pool didn’t even catch a glimpse of the house, instead “we have to hold at a nearby restaurant.” At a fundraiser earlier in the day, “pool could hear Clinton’s voice, but could not make out any exact words.”
The Wave, Aug. 23: In Burbank, California, as Clinton entered Justin Timberlake’s mansion for a fundraiser, pool reported that Clinton “waved to us.” Also, a Jennifer Aniston sighting.
Ignoring Questions, Aug. 17: Clinton ignored questions shouted at her about Trump’s campaign shakeup, while she took a tour of John Marshall High School in Cleveland, ahead of a rally there, one of her two public events of the past two weeks.
Indeed, Hillary Clinton’s obvious disdain for the American public as she panders incessantly to oligarchs has reached a level of such shamelessness, even the New York Times couldn’t ignore it. As the paper noted in its article, Where Has Hillary Clinton Been? Ask the Ultrarich:
At a private fund-raiser Tuesday night at a waterfront Hamptons estate, Hillary Clinton danced alongside Jimmy Buffett, Jon Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney, and joined in a singalong finale to “Hey Jude.”
“I stand between you and the apocalypse,” a confident Mrs. Clinton declared to laughs, exhibiting a flash of self-awareness and humor to a crowd that included Calvin Klein and Harvey Weinstein and for whom the prospect of a Donald J. Trump presidency is dire.
The above quote by Hillary, which the smug attendees found so humorous, is quite telling in a very troubling manner. For example, it reminds me a lot of what Obama reportedly said to a group of bank executives in early 2009:
“My administration,” the president added, “is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”
Interesting, because as it turned out, Obama did indeed coddle, protect and further enrich financial oligarchs to previously unimaginable levels. All at the expense of the middle class. Indeed, Obama and Hillary’s comments both betray a particularly frank and shameless admission. That the role of a U.S. President is, in their eyes at least, to protect the financial, corporate and political elite from the people, and not the other way around.
Mr. Trump has pointed to Mrs. Clinton’s noticeably scant schedule of campaign events this summer to suggest she has been hiding from the public. But Mrs. Clinton has been more than accessible to those who reside in some of the country’s most moneyed enclaves and are willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to see her. In the last two weeks of August, Mrs. Clinton raked in roughly $50 million at 22 fund-raising events, averaging around $150,000 an hour, according to a New York Times tally.
And while Mrs. Clinton has faced criticism for her failure to hold a news conference for months, she has fielded hundreds of questions from the ultrarich in places like the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, Beverly Hills and Silicon Valley.
If Mr. Trump appears to be waging his campaign in rallies and network interviews, Mrs. Clinton’s second presidential bid seems to amount to a series of high-dollar fund-raisers with public appearances added to the schedule when they can be fit in. Last week, for example, she diverged just once from her packed fund-raising schedule to deliver a speech.
Mr. Berger, who joined Mrs. Clinton last month at a donor event in Miami Beach, said many of the individual conversations before and after she speaks at the gatherings are centered more on grandchildren than weighty policy matters. But when she has had a give-and-take this summer about issues, Mrs. Clinton, who has promised to “reshuffle the deck” in favor of the middle class and portrayed Mr. Trump as an out-of-touch billionaire, has almost exclusively been fielding the concerns of the wealthiest Americans.
This whole “we just talked about grandchildren” seems to be a calculated talking point. Recall, Loretta Lynch said she merely discussed grandchildren with Bill Clinton during their secret tarmac meeting days before the FBI cleared her in the email investigation.
To businessmen who complain to Mrs. Clinton that President Obama has been unfriendly to their interests, she says she would approach business leaders more like Mr. Clinton did during his administration, which was widely considered amicable to the private sector.
The campaign’s finance team is led by Dennis Cheng, previously the chief fund-raiser for the Clinton Foundation, and it employs a couple dozen staff members. Mr. Cheng, who attends the events with Mrs. Clinton, offers donors a number of contribution options that provide them and their families varying levels of access to Mrs. Clinton. John Morgan, a Florida lawyer and donor, described Mr. Cheng as “the master concierge.”
For a donation of $2,700, the children (under 16) of donors at an event last month at the Sag Harbor, N.Y., estate of the hedge fund magnate Adam Sender could ask Mrs. Clinton a question. A family photo with Mrs. Clinton cost $10,000, according to attendees.
Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a backer of Democrats and a friend of the Clintons’, made sure attendees did not grill Mrs. Clinton at the $100,000-per-couple lamb dinner Mrs. Forester de Rothschild hosted under a tent on the lawn of her oceanfront Martha’s Vineyard mansion.
“I said, ‘Let’s make it a nice night for her and show her our love,’” Mrs. Forester de Rothschild said.
Finally, just yesterday Hillary begrudgingly decided to emerge from behind the comfortable confines of billionaires and their gated mansions to engage with some ordinary plebs in Ohio.
Here’s what happened.
But yeah, it’s all just conspiracy theory to ask any questions about her health.