Huma Abedin: Hillary Clinton stayed with Bill because it was “right for herself, her family and her country”

Huma Abedin has spent much of his career with Hillary Clinton. She was there when President Bill Clinton’s affair with trainee Monica Lewinsky in the White House was revealed, and she was still close to Clinton decades later when her own tumultuous marriage to the disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner threatened to derail Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign .

After 25 years in the background, Abedin now shares what it was like to be with Clinton when the Lewinsky affair became public. In her new book, “Both / And: A Life in Many Worlds”, Abedin writes that she “was upset and angry on behalf of the woman who is now my boss” after Mr. Clinton admitted he had lied about his relationship with Lewinsky. .

Abedin told “CBS Evening News” anchor and editor-in-chief Norah O’Donnell in a “CBS Sunday Morning” interview that she, too, was “confused.”

“Because on the one hand, it was like, ‘We’re doing these really important things. What happens here? And I just stayed focused on my job, “Abedin said.

Asked why Clinton did not leave her husband, Abedin said: “She made the decision that she thought was right for herself, her family and her country.”

Abedin said loyalty has been at the core of her decades-long relationship with Clinton. But it was tested when Weiner’s sexting scandals made headlines.

In 2011, Weiner shared a photo of himself in his underwear on Twitter, which he had planned to send to another woman. Two years later, he was in the headlines again to send explicit pictures to another woman. When Clinton ran for president in 2016, a picture of Weiner in bed with their young son was leaked, triggering a study by Child Protective Services. He was also caught sexing a minor girl.

Abedin said she thought she would be fired. “I had been informed by a colleague I was about to be released, but given our long relationship that Hillary had to fire myself. And she shocked me – she did not think it was the right thing to do, “Abedin told O ‘Donnell.

“Every marriage and every relationship has its own ups and downs,” Abedin said of whether Clinton’s marital problems shaped how she reacted to her own. “I got up every day and was just trying to survive.”

Abedin said she did not think she would survive what may have been the biggest impact of the scandal: FBI agents found emails involving Clinton on Weiner’s laptop, prompting the FBI to reopen an investigation into Clinton’s emails a few days before the 2016 election.

But despite the effects of the inquiry in the final days of the election, Abedin said she does not think it cost Clinton the victory.

“I do not now. But I did. For a long time,” she said. “Let me tell you who did not blame me. Hillary Clinton. Never once.”

Both / And: A Life in Many Worlds is published by Scribner, a division of ViacomCBS.

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