The Rise and Fall of Huma Abedin: From Hillary’s Most Trusted Adviser to Just ‘One of My Staffers’

Huma Abedin has been, at least until recently, one of Hillary Clinton’s most trusted advisers. She has been spotted at Mrs. Clinton’s side constantly throughout the last seven years of her political career.

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Abedin currently serves as the Vice Chairwoman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Huma Abedin was the deputy chief of staff for Hillary Clinton at the State Department beginning in 2009.

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Controversially, Huma Abedin also consulted for the Clinton Foundation and did not disclose her work there as a potential conflict of interest.


Abedin left the State Department in 2013 and continued her work with the Clinton Foundation. Politico has put Huma Abedin’s role in context:

“[She] simply channels the boss, manages the boss, or serves as a very Clinton-specific Google search of a human being — the fastest way for the rest of the campaign’s top brass to find who and what Clinton wants and knows. In short, she comes across in the email as the invaluable, irreplaceable uber-assistant of every powerful person’s dreams.”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) speaks during a roundtable discussion as her deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin (R) tells a coffee server to move out of the way during the APEC Women and the Economy Summit September 16, 2011 in San Francisco, California. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a keynote address at the first-ever Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Summit. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Vanity Fair goes even further:

Over the years Huma has served in several positions, with increasingly important-sounding titles. She has been Hillary’s “body woman,” her traveling chief of staff, a senior adviser, and a deputy chief of staff when Hillary was secretary of state.

The estranged wife of New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, she has been mixed up in the FBI’s reopening of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails just 11 days before the election. While searching for evidence of child pornography, investigators found that Anthony Weiner’s laptop contained 650,000 emails related to Huma Abedin’s work.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: Huma Abedin, wife of Anthony Weiner, a leading candidate for New York City mayor, speaks during a press conference on July 23, 2013 in New York City. Weiner addressed news of new allegations that he engaged in lewd online conversations with a woman after he resigned from Congress for similar previous incidents. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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The FBI believes some of them pertain to the Hillary Clinton email investigation and has attained a warrant to examine the content of those emails.

Apocryphally, it has been surmised by some that the folder with the missing emails was labeled “Life Insurance”:

The speculation has gone even further:

Regardless of the actual name of the folder, some believe Huma Abedin has cut a deal with the FBI or has otherwise agreed to talk with the feds. As reported by CNN, before it was “clarified” as not suggesting she was implicated in criminal wrongdoing:

“Because they didn’t have a warrant specific to Abedin’s emails, officials weren’t able to further examine them. Justice Department and FBI officials view Abedin as cooperative with the investigation.”

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (L) waits back stage with hair stylist Isabelle Goetz (C) and close aid Huma Abedin before speaking during a fundraiser at the Paramount Theater October 14, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Hillary Clinton seems to be distancing herself from her one-time most trusted adviser on the campaign trail, whom some believed was a potential choice to become her Chief of Staff.

“Now they apparently want to look at emails of one of my staffers – and by all means they should look at them,” Clinton said at a campaign rally at Kent State University on Monday.

“And I am sure they will reach the same conclusion they did when they looked at my emails for the last year. There is no case here. And they said it wasn’t even a close call,” she added.

US Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (2L) walks to the airplane with her traveling chief-of-staff Huma Abedin (L) followed by secret service agents after a campaign rally at the airport hangar on March 3, 2008 in Beaumont. Photo is taken through a window inside the plane. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Despite Hillary Clinton’s glib dismissal of any FBI case about she-who-shall-not-be-named Huma Abedin, it appears that she might have lied under oath to the FBI about not possessing any Hillary Clinton emails unknown to investigators.

As Independent Journal Review reported earlier:

Long-time Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin might have some explaining to do.

The FBI found apparently found tens of thousands of new emails on a laptop shared by Abedin and her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, Fox News reported on Saturday. Agents reportedly seized the device during its investigation into Weiner’s sexting scandal, but coincidentally uncovered messages possibly relevant to the probe into Clinton’s private email server.

The latest development in the case has raised new questions about whether Abedin told the whole truth during her sworn testimony over the summer.

Huma Abedin (L) listens while Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks with staff aboard her plane while flying home September 21, 2016 above Florida. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Nonetheless, the New York Times gave the Clinton campaign’s position on Huma Abedin and the FBI investigation, so far:

Pressed by a reporter there about the emails’ having been discovered during the investigation into Mr. Weiner’s sexting, Mrs. Clinton dismissed the reports as “rumors.”

“We of course stand by her,” her campaign chairman, John D. Podesta, said on Saturday when asked whether Ms. Abedin would step down from the campaign.

If Huma Abedin has indeed found herself running afoul of the law in the FBI’s investigation, it may become a race to see who throws the other one under the bus first.

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Hillary Clinton may have just sent a strong signal that she wouldn’t even hesitate to do so.

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