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Goldman Sachs: Hillary Clinton’s Upcoming “Nixon Moment”

Republicans pin fake scandals on the Clintons, but the Clintons create real ones – like Goldman Sachs speeches.

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  • Goldman talks are the Nixon moment of Hillary’s 2016 campaign -- a nuclear risk for the Democrats.
  • The Clintons never learned the lesson from the fall of Nixon: the cover-up is worse than the crime.
  • Targeting Secretary Clinton for her Wall St speeches is not instinctively in Republican Party DNA.
  • Any Republican nominee will hound Clinton to release her Goldman speeches, making it a trust issue.
  • The self-inflicted Goldman matter shows the Clintons never really learned scandal management skills.

For nearly 25 years, Bill and Hillary Clinton have portrayed themselves as nearly innocent victims of the dozens of scandals that have plagued them.

Indeed, one of the former first lady’s selling points these days is that the Clintons are now impervious to Republican attacks because they have weathered so many and there are no new stones to turn over.

The Democratic Party establishment could only wish that were true. Unfortunately for them, the Clintons remain far from experts at fending off brewing scandals, real or exaggerated.

It is as if the Clintons, despite 25 years in a harsh national spotlight, never learned the key lesson from the fall of Richard Nixon, the 37th U.S. President: the cover-up is always worse than the crime.

The original “-gate”

Remember the steady drum beat that the very crafty, very wily, very shifty Richard Nixon faced when he denied for a long time that they were any secret Oval Office tapes?

He also steadfastly denied that there had been any involvement by his administration in a break-in at the Democratic Party headquarters.

Eventually, Nixon got caught and was forced to resign. But not before dragging it out interminably with ever more intense stonewalling.

It is this ill-conceived and politically inept strategy that the presidential campaign team surrounding Hillary Clinton is now running in 2016. The “crime” in question? Her lucrative speeches to Goldman Sachs.

In contrast to “Tricky Dick,” her campaign is not denying that the speech happened or even that there are tapes and transcripts of her paid speeches to the investment bank.

Nor is Hillary Clinton prevented from releasing them, since her contracts for those events explicitly state that she is in full control of the rights for those texts.

She is just arguing that she won’t release the text until “everybody who’s ever given a speech to any private group under any circumstances release[s] them.” Whatever the curious logic of that statement may be, it isn’t going to wash.

Already, there are enough comments from Goldman Sachs bankers who attended those events pointing to the likelihood that the speeches were such a love song to Wall Street that Mrs. Clinton cannot possibly release those texts in the current political context.

Wrong Republican focus

It is ironic, and shows the dysfunctionality of the U.S. political process, that the former senator from New York is instead mistakenly being hounded in the U.S. Congress by Republicans for the chain of events unfolded in Benghazi and after the 2012 attack. Their nose for meatier scandal is no longer as sharp as it once was.

There is little to no evidence suggesting wrongdoing in the Benghazi situation, particularly in comparison to the number of fatal attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities during the prior (Republican) administration.

Nor does that supposed “scandal” resonate with most voters. Yet Congressional Republicans have continued to obsess over it.

It would be much more politically devastating to target Secretary Clinton for her Goldman texts. That, of course, is not in the Republican Party DNA, since it would expose the triangular love complex.

That triangle features first and foremost Republicans, and then those Democrats who are always keen on making good with Wall Street in order to rake in plentiful contributions.

October surprise

It is possible, of course, that the Republican Party – or rather the very smartly run and ruthlessly operating Trump campaign — already has the Goldman speech tapes and transcripts and is waiting for a more opportune time.

Imagine for a moment that Hillary Clinton will be successful in her primary campaign for president, having stalled the release of the speeches long enough to win the nomination of the Democratic Party.

Then imagine what any Republican candidate for president would do, following the bruising Democratic primary and riding a populist wave on their own side.

Even opportunistic Ted Cruz, whose wife is herself on leave from Goldman Sachs, would be more than happy to ratchet up his pre-existing attacks on “New York values.”

But Donald Trump especially, campaigning on a haphazard but resonant economic nationalism that questions even his Wall Street friends, would bring down the hammer.

Any Republican nominee would engage in an unrelenting “Hillary, release those tapes” campaign – and might even leak the speeches. They would argue that Clinton cannot be trusted by the American people because she does not or would not release those texts.

A bridge too far?

Democratic voters have already put up with a lot of scandals surrounding the Clintons – a good many of them truly cooked up out of nowhere, but exhausting nonetheless.

The Goldman Sachs matter is really a bridge too far. The mere existence of the speeches demonstrates a serious inability on Hillary Clinton’s part to understand where the political landscape was headed. It also underscores the inability of her staff to slam on the brakes for the sake of her political future.

The Goldman matter, entirely self-inflicted, demonstrates that the Clintons have really never learned the scandal management skills they claim to have picked up from endless experience.

There is no legal reason, contractually, against releasing the speeches. There is only fear, bad strategy advice or both.

This is the true Nixon moment of the 2016 Clinton campaign. It represents a nuclear risk for the Democratic Party.

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About Stephan Richter

Stephan Richter is the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Globalist.

  • Rawr

    well said

  • Beginning of all this, I had about 5-10 friends that were strong Hillary supporters. Now I have none.

  • Edward

    How is her conduct any different from that of other members of the US political class? Don’t they all cash in on their current or past access to the powerful?

  • Jack William

    I was fooled too. Until this election cycle I didn’t know that politics could be like this. To sum it all up, Hillary is the biggest liar, biggest paid speech/bribery casher, and has so much influence that she is above the law.

  • BC Rice

    It’s not a nuclear risk for the party. It’s a nuclear risk for HRC, whose time has finally ended. The Bush/Clinton reign is at an end. :)

  • Dennis Quinn

    Edward, I can think of a Senator from Vermont that doesn’t cash in on his access to the powerful.

  • indievoice

    Clinton was a private citizen, Bernie’s been in the Senate for 25 years, he can’t do paid speeches until he’s out of office. If he wasn’t in office, who’s to say he wouldn’t have done keynote speeches – he loves to speak to large groups. The keynote circuit has many liberals who are paid for speeches, they’re all repped by the same agency as Clinton!

    If people have such a big problem with paid speeches they should complain to their congressperson to outlaw them, colleges and organizations will just have to live without keynote speakers or stop having conferences entirely if they are so offensive.

  • indievoice

    Give me a break. Clinton’s speeches to Goldman Sachs in 2014 are on YouTube – she speaks about gender equality for female entrepreneurs – how horrible!

    Her speeches are right there in plain sight if you bother to look. The media is just bored and trying to stir something up.

  • bhumphreyTG

    That’s a different speech, at the CGI, not the series at Goldman Sachs.

  • Oogway7

    Richard Nixon was found out because two very brave reporters resisted intimidation and threats and dug deep to get to the bottom of the truth. Bill and Hillary Clinton have gotten away with despicable crimes because no reporter seems to have the guts to dig deep. Where are the Legendary reporters like Bob Woodward and Carl Berstein? Is it really possible there are none today? If so, what a sad day for America.

  • Martin B

    nice defense, but no, her Goldman Sachs speeches are not posted on YouTube. And yes, if she is trying to adopt Sanders’ position on bank reform, it would really help to know what she really has to say about the subject.

  • Jason Wilkins

    Those are different speeches. That is the Clinton Global Initiative speech, part of their foundation and thus not for personal profit. We are seeking the speeches she gave on behalf of herself which she claimed as income.

  • Cor Aurum


    Clinton associated suspected criminal acts from the internet:

    Juanita Broaddrick (AR)- rape

    Eileen Wellstone (Oxford) – rape

    Elizabeth Ward Gracen – rape – quid pro quo, post incident intimidation

    Regina Hopper Blakely – “forced himself on her, biting, bruising her”

    Kathleen Willey (WH) – sexual assault, intimidations, threats

    Sandra Allen James (DC) – sexual assault

    22 Year Old 1972 (Yale) – sexual assault

    Kathy Bradshaw (AK) – sexual assault

    Cristy Zercher – unwelcomed sexual advance, intimidations

    Paula Jones (AR) – unwelcomed sexual advance, exposure, bordering on sexual assault

    Carolyn Moffet -unwelcomed sexual advance, exposure, bordering on sexual assault

    1974 student at University of Arkansas – unwelcomed physical contact

    Governor 1978-1980 – seven complaints per Arkansas state troopers

    Monica Lewinsky – quid pro quo, post incident character assault

    Gennifer Flowers – quid pro quo, post incident character assault

    Dolly Kyle Browning – post incident character assault

    Sally Perdue – post incident threats

    Betty Dalton – rebuffed his advances, married to one of his supporters

    Denise Reeder – apologetic note scanned

    Wait there’s more…..Body count——(from internet files)

    Remember these?

    Just a quick refresher course ‘lest we forget’ what has happened to many “friends” of the Clintons.

    James McDougal – Clintons convicted Whitewater partner died of an
    apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key
    witness in Ken Starr’s investigation.

    2 – Mary Mahoney – A former
    White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in
    Georgetown .. The murder happened just after she was togo public w:th
    her story of sexual harassment in the White House.

    3 – Vince
    Foster – Former White House councilor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton
    at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head,
    ruled a suicide.

    4 – Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former
    DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A
    pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in
    the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his
    death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his
    willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on
    the plane also died. A few days later the air Traffic controller
    committed suicide.

    5 – C. Victor Raiser, II – Raiser, a major
    player in the Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane
    crash in July 1992.

    6 – Paul Tulley – Democratic National
    Committee Political Director found dead in a hotelroom in Little Rock ,
    September 1992. Described by Clinton as a “dear friend and trusted

    7 – Ed Willey – Clinton fundraiser, found dead November
    1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a
    suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed
    Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed
    Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.

    8 –
    Jerry Parks – Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in Little
    Rock .. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little
    Rock Park’s son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton He
    allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files
    were mysteriously removed from his house.

    9 – James Bunch – Died
    from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a “Black Book” of
    people which contained names of influential people who visited
    prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas

    10 – James Wilson – Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater..

    – Kathy Ferguson – Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was
    found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head.
    It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases,
    as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along
    with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit Kathy Ferguson was a
    possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.

    12 – Bill Shelton –
    Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the
    suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a
    gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancee.

    – Gandy Baugh – Attorney for Clinton’s friend Dan Lassater, died by
    jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a
    convicted drug distributor.

    14 – Florence Martin – Accountant
    & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal, Mena,
    Arkansas, airport drug smuggling case. He died of three gunshot wounds.

    – Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was
    Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the
    head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.

    16 –
    Paula Grober – Clinton’s speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978
    until her death December 9, 1992. She died in a one car accident.

    – Danny Casolaro – Investigative reporter. Investigating MenaAirport
    and Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He slit his wrists,
    apparently, in the middle of his investigation.

    18 – Paul Wilcher –
    Attorney investigating corruption at Mena Airport with Casolaro and the
    1980 “October Surprise” was found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993, in
    his Washington DC apartment. Had delivered a report to Janet Reno 3
    weeks before his death.

    19 – Jon Parnell Walker – Whitewater
    investigator for Resolution Trust Corp. Jumped to his death from his
    Arlington , Virginia apartment balcony August 15, 1993. He was
    investigating the Morgan Guaranty scandal.

    20 – Barbara Wise –
    Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John
    Huang. Cause of death unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised, nude
    body was found locked in her office at the Department of Commerce.

    – Charles Meissner – Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John
    Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small
    plane crash.

    22 – Dr. Stanley Heard – Chairman of the National
    Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee died with his attorney Steve
    Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on
    Clinton ‘s advisory council personally treated Clinton’s mother,
    stepfather and brother.

    23 – Barry Seal – Drug running TWA pilot out of Mena Arkansas, death was no accident.

    – Johnny Lawhorn, Jr. – Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill
    Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop. He was found dead
    after his car had hit a utility pole.

    25 – Stanley Huggins – Investigated Madison Guaranty. His death was a purported suicide and his report was never released.

    26 – Hershell Friday – Attorney and Clinton fundraiser died March 1, 1994, when his plane exploded.

    – Kevin Ives & Don Henry – Known as “The boys on the track” case.
    Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport
    drug operation. A controversial case, the initial report of death said,
    due to falling asleep on railroad tracks. Later reports claim the 2 boys
    had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the
    case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury.


    28 – Keith Coney – Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, 7/88.

    29 – Keith McMaskle – Died, stabbed 113 times, Nov, 1988

    30 – Gregory Collins – Died from a gunshot wound January 1989.

    31 – Jeff Rhodes – He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.

    32 – James Milan – Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was due to natural causes”.

    33 – Jordan Kettleson – Was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup truck in June 1990.

    34 – Richard Winters – A suspect in the Ives/Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.


    35 – Major William S. Barkley, Jr.

    36 – Captain Scott J . Reynolds

    37 – Sgt. Brian Hanley

    38 – Sgt. Tim Sabel

    39 – Major General William Robertson

    40 – Col. William Densberger

    41 – Col. Robert Kelly

    42 – Spec. Gary Rhodes

    43 – Steve Willis

    44 – Robert Williams

    45 – Conway LeBleu

    46 – Todd McKeehan

  • JohnR

    Because the standard is not the dirtbag Republicans.

    Because Democratic THINKING voters want all the evidence before they decide who to vote for. Why would I as a progressive care what Trump said in a speech?

  • Her campaign CFO is a Goldman Sachs employee. I can’t even make something like that up. I’m sorry. She doesn’t even come close to passing a smell test.

  • Seth Grossman

    Take a look who her campaign manager podesta works for….

  • Seth Grossman

    The republicans should focus on Hillary ‘s pro business paid speeches…. Perhaps rethink that keeping conscious of the current speeches of trump. If they start digging into Hillary’s speeches the republicans could lose their base because they’re probably more Republican and pro business in tenor then any of the wing nuts currently running.

    Democrats have a right to see those speeches. Bernie should start getting more forceful on that point. As well as the horrors of the prison corporations that are funding her. Black people should be embarrassed over their brothers and sisters supporting Hillary after understanding just how horribly the privatized prisons contribute to black incarceration. Worst crimes of the century.

  • Seth Grossman

    journalists have been completely blindsided by the storm of the Bernie campaign. They’ve had The Clinton coronation to set in their minds… You have the corrupt self serving Chris Matthews of the world whose wives are being financed by the same people as the Hillary campaign but I believe it’s simply taking a while for everyone to wake up to the fact that being Jewish and leaning toward socialism is not as reprehensible to the general public as they imagined. I think also The press has become way too arrogant, and they underestimated just how fed up The population is with the garbage they’ve been spoon feeding us.

  • Trump is only running to deflect any scrutiny on Hillary,, Scanning the “Media” It’s all about Trump and the KKK on a day that Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii resigns her position as DNC Vice Chair so that she can endorse Sen. Sanders.

    Talk about media black out,,,

  • bromeando

    And all these attacks have one thing in common: ZERO EVIDENCE.

  • Bob White

    The Republicraps are all working for Goldman Sacks America too. It’s all one big party and Goldman wins every election. None of the Republicrats will speak against their true masters.