On October 28, 2016, the New York Observer, owned by former President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, released a leaked audio clip from 2006 in which Hillary Clinton proposed rigging a foreign election to achieve her desired outcome.
The media did not cover this at the time due to the potentially damaging implications it would have had on then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
During her tenure as U.S. Senator, audio of Hillary Clinton has resurfaced discussing the idea of rigging Palestinian elections to ensure the desired outcome, in light of the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.
NY Observer reported:
On September 5, 2006, Eli Chomsky was an editor and staff writer for the Jewish Press, and Hillary Clinton was running for a shoo-in re-election as a U.S. senator. Her trip making the rounds of editorial boards brought her to Brooklyn to meet the editorial board of the Jewish Press.
The tape was never released and has only been heard by the small handful of Jewish Press staffers in the room. According to Chomsky, his old-school audiocassette is the only existent copy and no one has heard it since 2006, until today when he played it for the Observer.
Speaking to the Jewish Press about the January 25, 2006, election for the second Palestinian Legislative Council (the legislature of the Palestinian National Authority), Clinton weighed in about the result, which was a resounding victory for Hamas (74 seats) over the U.S.-preferred Fatah (45 seats).
On the audio, then-Senator Clinton is heard expressing her critique of the U.S.’s push for elections in the Palestinian territories.
In reference to the 2006 election for the second Palestinian Legislative Council, she expressed regret over the U.S.’s endorsement of a process that saw Hamas come out victorious over Fatah, which was preferred by the U.S.
Clinton further suggested that if they had wanted to influence the elections, then they should have taken steps to ensure a favorable outcome. This sentiment coming from a national leader implies an acceptance of meddling in foreign elections, making it an especially striking revelation.