At least until recently, Huma Abedin has been one of Hillary Clinton’s most trusted advisers. She has been at Hillary Clinton’s side constantly throughout the last seven years of her political career.
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.
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.”
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 only 11 days before the election. While searching for evidence of child pornography, investigators found that Anthony Weiner’s laptop had 650,000 emails related to Huma Abedin’s work.
The FBI believes some of them pertain to the Hillary Clinton email investigation and has received 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”:
10,000 new emails found on Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner's computer and phones. They were in a file marked "Life Insurance". #Corruption
— Morgan Brittany (@MorganBrittany4) October 29, 2016
The speculation went even further:
So did Huma steal 10,000 emails and saved it on her comp just in case Clinton targeted her?
Hence: "life insurance"
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 30, 2016
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.”
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.
Despite Hillary Clinton’s dismissal of any FBI case about Huma Abedin, it seems that she might have lied under oath to the FBI about not having any Hillary Clinton emails unknown to investigators.
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.
Nonetheless, the New York Times gave the Clinton’s 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 found herself running afoul of the law in the FBI’s investigation, it may become a race to see who throws one under the bus first.
Hillary Clinton may have just made the first move in letting Abedin know that she wouldn’t hesitate to do so.