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Weiner Sexting Scandal Could Potentially Damage Clinton Campaign

Weiner Sexting Scandal Could Potentially Damage Clinton Campaign

Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

By    |   Tuesday, 30 August 2016 11:47 AM

The sexting scandal surrounding Huma Abedin's husband could have a negative impact on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

Anthony Weiner, a former congressman and New York City mayoral candidate, was exposed over the weekend as having exchanged sexual messages with a woman he met online. One of the messages was a revealing photo of him, with his 4-year-old son in the background.

A Washington Times report argues that Weiner's latest sexting scandal — which has caused his marriage to fall apart — could give an opening to Republican Donald Trump as he seeks the presidency over Clinton.

Weiner's scandal is just one of several controversies surrounding Clinton's longtime top aide.

Abedin, for example, has ties to a Muslim journal that has opposed women's rights and has made anti-American statements, including one that put some of the blame for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Abedin is also a central figure in Clinton's email scandal. Recently released emails showed that she tried to connect Clinton Foundation donors with Clinton while she served as secretary of state during the early years of the Obama administration.

Weiner and Abedin were married in 2010 by former President Bill Clinton.

Trump pounced on the Weiner sexting story after it became public on Sunday, releasing a statement that said Abedin may pose a security threat via her husband.

"Who knows what he learned and who he told?" Trump said Monday. "It's just another example of Hillary Clinton's bad judgment. It is possible that our country and its security have been greatly compromised by this."

University of Houston political science professor Brandon Rottinghaus told the Times that Trump has an opening.

"The only way the scandal blows up is if Donald Trump continues to press the issue, which he might do," Rottinghaus said. "Bringing up Abedin is a way for Trump to show her involvement in the Clinton Foundation, the attack de jure for the Trump campaign.

"This line of attack may be a bit obscure for most voters but fires up the Republican base, which Trump needs."

The Washington Examiner points out that there's no evidence that Abedin conveyed any classified information to her husband, but her history as Clinton's right-hand woman is rife with questions.

For example, Abedin worked at both the Department of State, the Clinton Foundation, and a consulting firm simultaneously.

"What was Huma Abedin's priority at the State Department — American diplomacy or donor maintenance?" Citizens United president David Bossie asked the Examiner.

Bossie also called on the Clintons to publicly address and answer questions about the ongoing scandal surrounding their foundation, which is thought to have given favorable treatment at the state department level to foundation donors.

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