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“A Burden That I Carry”: Huma Opens Up Like Never Before

Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton
Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images
Peter Hamby
December 15, 2021

As Hillary Clinton’s right-hand woman for over 20 years, Huma Abedin has spent most of her adult life in the public glare. While Clinton cycled from the campaign trail to the Senate to the State Department, the Saudi-raised Abedin became famous in her own right, cultivating an air of glamour, power and mystery. A Clinton loyalist to the bone, she rarely talked to the press, insisting on I’m-just-a-staffer privacy—unless a red carpet or Vogue photo shoot was involved.  

Her carefully-crafted image was ultimately blown up—not by the right-wing conspiracists who slandered her as a closet terrorist, but by her ex-husband Anthony Weiner, whose addiction to sexting repeatedly dragged Abedin into one lurid scandal after the next. It was Weiner’s confiscated laptop that prompted the F.B.I. to announce they had reopened an investigation into Clinton’s use of a personal email server just days before the 2016 election, an October surprise that may have thrown the election to Donald Trump