Hillary Clinton’s longtime “notoriously private” aide Huma Abedin got more unwanted attention this weekend as FBI director James Comey signaled new evidence tied to her boss and her estranged husband’s sexting scandals.
Here’s what you need to know about Abedin:
Born: Kalamazoo, Mich.
Early years: Abedin grew up in Saudi Arabia before returning to the United States to attend George Washington University. She aspired to be a journalist and served as an assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs from 1998 to 2008.
Meeting Clinton: Abedin began work for first lady Clinton in 1996 under chief of staff Maggie Williams. She served as a backup aide to Clinton until a more official role in 2000 when she became a personal adviser during the 2000 campaign for U.S. Senate.
Senate, campaign years: Abedin was a trusted adviser to Clinton throughout her time in the Senate and was a “body woman” during the unsuccessful bid for the White House in 2008.
State Department: Clinton appointed Abedin the deputy chief of staff in 2009. As a “special government employee,” Abedin was allowed to work from New York, do private consulting work and serve as a consultant to the Clinton Foundation. Due to her proximity to Clinton, in 2016 she was compelled to testify before the FBI about Clinton’s private email server. She also testified in a closed October 2015 hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
Meeting Weiner: Abedin met Weiner years earlier but started dating him in 2008 during the presidential campaign. "One of the things that, because we became friendly, I found striking about Anthony was how smart he was, what a great debater he was. He was smart, he was passionate,” Abedin told Vogue earlier this year. Weiner and Abedin wed in July 2010; Bill Clinton officiated in Long Island.
Weiner scandals: In June 2011, a year into their marriage, Weiner became embroiled in a sexting scandal. Abedin was pregnant with their child, Jordan. Weiner resigned from Congress days later, and in December their child was born. In 2013, a second sexting scandal erupted. Abedin stood with Weiner and worked on his campaign for New York City mayor. “Our marriage, like many others, has had its ups and downs. It took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony. It was not an easy choice in any way,” she said at the time. In August 2016 another sexting scandal came to light in the midst of the campaign. Abedin released a statement that the two will separate. "After a long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” she wrote.
2016 campaign: Abedin became vice chairwoman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. She continues to serve as a personal aide on the campaign trail, and in December 2015 penned a letter responding to Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration. “Trump wants to literally write racism into our law books. His Islamophobia doesn’t reflect our nation’s values.” Vanity Fair suggested Abedin’s relationship with Clinton is closer than ever: “confessor, confidante and constant companion. It’s safe to say that over the years Abedin and Hillary have spent more time together than either has with her husband.”