A new report provides a glimpse into Huma Abedin's life inside the Hillary Clinton bubble, a life that ties her to the former secretary of state's email scandal threatening to derail her presidential campaign.
Abedin has worked closely with Clinton ever since she was a White House intern in 1996 during President Bill Clinton's second term in office. Today, Abedin is Clinton's right-hand woman on the campaign trail — but she's been implicated in the email scandal stemming from Clinton's use of a private email address and server during her time as secretary of state.
A Washington Post report
details Abedin's history with Clinton.
Reports suggest emails from Abedin and another Clinton aide at the state department, Jake Sullivan, triggered the FBI investigation
into Clinton's alternative email setup — which eventually involved a small company in Denver with an office in a loft apartment
storing her email server in a bathroom closet.
Abedin was Clinton's top aide while she was secretary of state. She was designated a "special government employee," which allowed her to work for the government on a part-time status while holding down two more positions outside of government work. Critics say she was ineligible for the program, according to the Post report.
Abedin is now employed by the Clinton campaign as a senior advisor, and has accompanied the former first lady on the campaign trail.
"She has a pretty symbiotic and unique relationship with Hillary," publisher and Clinton associate Niall O’Dowd told the Post. "It's almost mother-daughter."
While working for Clinton in the State Department, Abedin was employed by Teneo, a consulting firm that was co-founded by a longtime aide of Bill Clinton. Some people, including Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), think Abedin violated federal law
by accepting thousands of dollars in unused vacation time when she left the state department. Her dual roles of working in both the state department and an international consulting firm have also come into question.
Abedin is also being investigated by the FBI
, alongside Clinton, on whether any classified information passed through her private email address that was set up on Clinton's server.
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