Hillary Clinton didn't know close friend and adviser Huma Abedin would speak out
July 25th, 2013
04:13 PM ET
9 months ago

Hillary Clinton didn't know close friend and adviser Huma Abedin would speak out

(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had no advance knowledge that her longtime friend and adviser, Huma Abedin, would speak out on behalf of her husband, Anthony Weiner, according to two sources with knowledge.

"She didn't know before she saw it on TV," one source said. Said another, "Hillary Clinton was not involved."

Weiner held a press conference Tuesday, admitting that he had continued to have lewd chats with young women after he resigned from Congress for sexting in 2011.

Abedin not only stood by his side at the hastily arranged press conference, but spoke on his behalf, urging voters to support him in his campaign for New York City mayor.

"What I want to say is, I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him, and as I have said from the beginning, we are moving forward," Abedin said at the event.

A longtime aide to Clinton, Abedin began working for her as a White House intern in 1996 and eventually became the former first lady's traveling chief of staff - or "body man" - during her campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

When Clinton became secretary of state, Abedin served as a top aide. She remains an informal Clinton adviser.

"I have one daughter. But if I had a second daughter, it would [be] Huma," Clinton said around the time Abedin married Weiner.

The Clintons have declined to weigh in on the mayoral race.


Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Bill

    And of Huma's family connections to the Muslim Brotherhood?

    July 25, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "She didn't know before she saw it on TV," one source said. Said another, "Hillary Clinton was not involved."

    Frankly this coverage has gone from the absurd to the very, very distasteful.

    July 25, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. just sayin

    hey , hillary stood by her man as he was getting serviced in the oval office. she must have told weiner's wife to do the same thing. look slike a lot of women just like being dumped on.

    July 25, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    just askin

    The Real Tom Paine
    -just askin
    so where is the proof of this discrimination??? far left lunatics jumping up and down and making baseless allegations is proof of nothing.
    **************
    Funny, it sounds rather liek the arguments the Right uses to implement the laws designed to prevent voter fraud: Laws designed to correct a non-existant problem, except that racial discrimination is very real
    -–
    well if it is 'very real' you and the leftist democrats should have no problem with offering concrete evidence of it. yet you offer zero, none, nada.

    (Unlike the Right's accusations of systemsic voter fraud and intimidation), and the GOP's attempts at gerrymandering are just the latest way for them to fight a delaying action while they figure out more ways to antagonise minority and women voters.
    -–

    democrats invented gerrymandering when they carved out odd and bizarre shaped districts in order to guarantee minority seats in congress. now you complain about others using the very same tactic? more than a bit of a hypocrite aren't you? and when democrats gerrymander districts to get minorities elected, why did that not disenfranchise white voters living in those districts? it has been shown that blacks especially vote based on race. what about their rights? do they not count?
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    Conservatives have done the same thing for the purpose of supressing minority votes. For you to ignore that while pointing out only Democratic examples of the practice shows your blatant desire to ignore inconvenient facts.To equate the practices of the early 19th century with the Democrats of teh 21st century only shows your intellectual laziness and unwillingness to accept teh fact that the GOP is the party that practices the politics of John Calhoun and other race-baiters. We banished them from our party a long time ago. Why do you accept them, unless you agree with them?

    July 25, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Guest

    Democrats just love to abuse their women. It kind of fits with their support for the continued murdering of babies. Democrats are just horrible people when it comes to trying women with respect.

    July 25, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Guest EP

    A husband cheating either emotionally or physically is a cheater. If he cheats on his wife, his most beloved; how, can we (the American people) trust he won't cheat on us?

    July 25, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. chet

    Another woman being deceived and hoping she can change him – dream on!

    July 25, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. J Robinson

    This is a litmus test for the possibility of the scandal soiled Clintons re-inhabiting the White House.

    July 25, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Data Driven

    On October 10, 2006, Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin ordered a mahi mahi salad to share for lunch. Clinton expressly requested that the tuna be "slightly cooked", not raw. Abedin agreed with this decision. For a beverage, Clinton, who was a little tired that day, ordered a small black coffee; Abedin ordered an iced tea with a lemon wedge. Both women chatted about their work and schedules, but they also discussed the new corns on the side of Abedin's left foot, which Abedin attributed to her "overpriced" and "frankly, not even attractive" Manolo Blahnik shoes. "I don't know what I was thinking," Abedin said. Clinton replied, "Well, I know how that goes," before sipping her coffee.

    @Lynda Minnesota,

    Amen to your opinion about the coverage of this story.

    July 25, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -Guest

    Democrats just love to abuse their women. It kind of fits with their support for the continued murdering of babies. Democrats are just horrible people when it comes to trying women with respect.
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    I'll remember that the next time I see David Vitter on TV. Or Mark Sanford. Or any other long line of GOP misogynists who have abused their positions to abuse women, then calim they love the traditional role of women in teh family. Abuse has nothing to do with party affiliation.

    July 25, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Name Uche Agonsi

    I know of one Sanford who dumped his woman for an Argentine. He is no Democrat. If women are causing problems for US politics, and apology is always acceptable, why all the media wahala (blitz)........... The press should be a 'gentleman' by ignoring the women 'matter'.

    July 25, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. bencoates57

    There's nothing noble in what she did. She knows her husband withdrawing his bid for mayor doesn't help her quality of life.

    July 25, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  13. California

    Hillary probably convinced her to stay with the weiner considering that's what she did.

    July 25, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |