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Hassan: Clinton should release speech transcripts

  • Gov. Maggie Hassan speaks about the Gateway to Work program earlier this month.



Monitor staff
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan says her party’s presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, should release the transcripts of the paid, private speeches she delivered to financial firms.

Excerpts of Clinton’s speeches were released last week, the result of an email hack that targeted her campaign chairman, John Podesta.

The leaks reveal Clinton told bankers she favored “open trade and open borders” and Wall Street executives were best-positioned to help reform the U.S. financial sector.

Clinton has refused to release full transcripts, despite pressure from her former primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Hassan, trying to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, said Clinton should release the transcripts “at this point.”

“As I understand it, portions of them have selectively been released,” said Hassan, a longtime Clinton supporter. “I think that makes it very hard for people to take the full context of whatever her comments were.”

Hassan said she hasn’t reviewed the leaked emails and declined to name anything in the documents that worried her about Clinton or her candidacy.

“My first concern frankly is that we continue to have an issue with Russia hacking into our computer systems,” she said. “I haven’t reviewed what was released. What I do know is that we need Washington to work for New Hampshire businesses and families and not for corporate special interests.”

In several tweets sent out Friday night, Podesta called the disclosures a Russian hack and raised questions about whether some documents could have been altered.

The U.S. has accused Russia of hacking American political sites and email accounts in an effort to interfere with the presidential election. Russian leaders have disputed the charges.

(The Asssociated Press contributed to this report. Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or amorris@cmonitor.com.)