Huma Abedin, vice-chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and long time body woman for Hillary, has been off the campaign trail four days. Some are now saying that Huma is turning on Hillary.
CNN Reports that Huma, who was a staple by Clinton’s side throughout the primaries and flew on almost every flight since the Clinton campaign plane started in September, has not flown with Hillary since Friday:
The longtime aide, who started with Clinton as an intern in the White House in the 1990s, was not seen boarding Clinton’s plane on Tuesday as Clinton headed to Florida for a three-event swing. Clinton will overnight in Florida and head to Arizona and Nevada on Wednesday, meaning it is likely Abedin will not travel with Clinton for a fifth day.
It’s no longer clear whether the Clintons can afford to throw Huma under the bus as we reported they were preparing to do. Now we are left to wonder whether the Clintons are eyeing Huma as the best sacrificial lam to scapegoat Hillary out her emailgate scandal or whether Huma has turned on Hillary.
According to CNN, Karen Dunn, Abedin’s lawyer, said Tuesday night that she had not yet been contacted by the FBI as part of its stepped up review of the newly revealed emails that FBI Director James Comey told Congress appear pertinent to the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while serving as Secretary of State:
“From the beginning, Ms. Abedin has complied fully and voluntarily with State Department and law enforcement requests, including sitting for hours-long interviews and providing her work-related and potentially work-related documents,” Dunn told CNN in a statement. “While the FBI has not contacted us about this, Ms. Abedin will continue to be, as she always has been, forthcoming and cooperative.”
And, as John Podesta said Sunday, a Clinton aide said Tuesday that Abedin is working from the Clinton campaign headquarters in Brooklyn:
“She is there in Brooklyn and happy to cooperate if they ever want to talk to her. She has been very cooperative throughout the process,” the aide said. “We don’t see any reason, though, that they will need to. But, you know, there is a lot to wrap up this last week or two.”
When the aide was asked if Huma was staying away from the campaign plane because of the optics, the aide replied, “I wouldn’t draw too many conclusions.”
Huma isn’t sitting in Brooklyn with a semen stained dress as a bargaining chip. While her lawyer says Huma has complied fully and voluntarily with State Department and law enforcement requests. It has been reported that Huma claims she doesn’t know how the emails came to be on the laptop belonging to her estranged husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner. So Huma has some explaining to do. As the Daily News reports, it wouldn’t be that hard for Comey and company to pin a lot of emailgate blame on Huma.
It’s too soon to say whether Huma is laying low or has turned on Hillary.