Huma Abedin has admitted that she ignored Hillary Clinton’s calls on her disgraced husband Anthony Weiner after he sent her shirtless photos of himself and other lewd messages, the FBI said Monday in court papers filed in connection with the former congressman’s online illicit sex text case.
She also ignored Clinton’s attempts to help Abedin.
Clinton in a statement said she was “obviously saddened” about Abedin’s decision.
“I urged Huma to seek counseling, and to stay away from Anthony. It was the right thing to do. I am glad she did. We will continue to work together to advance women’s equality, human rights, and the empowerment of all women and girls,” Clinton said.
As of early afternoon, Abedin was not immediately available for comment.
The disclosure suggests that Abedin did not feel the need to seek counsel or warn Clinton about the extent of Weiner’s online efforts, and it is unclear what the implication of her actions is.
“Weiner admitted to his child sexual conduct and Internet use with several minors in a plea agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York on October 16, 2017,” said FBI agent Andrew Goldstein.
Abedin was cited multiple times in court papers, but was not questioned directly. Goldstein reported, citing documents and interviews with Weiner and Abedin, that on September 19, Abedin “ignored repeated attempts to reach and encourage her husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, to seek help for his deviant sexual conduct.”
“Abedin did not use her position or authority as Mrs. Clinton’s staffer to demand that she leave Weiner,” the FBI agent wrote.
One of Weiner’s wife, Abedin, was by her husband’s side when he admitted to sending messages of an explicit nature to a young adult.
Abedin’s role in the Clinton presidential campaign did not end after the recent revelation of the FBI probe into Weiner, she still functions as an important trusted adviser to Clinton.
She was one of the many Clinton staffers reportedly grilled by federal investigators about details of their exchanges with Weiner.
Clinton campaign officials said in September they were not initially aware of the FBI probe.
Another Clinton staffer, Ron Klain, was involved in drawing up the on-the-record statement that said Clinton staffers “were surprised” by the 2016 FBI probe.
Weiner and Abedin are parents to a daughter named Jordan.
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