Who Is Huma Abedin? A Look at Hillary Clinton's Longtime Aide

Abedin announced her split from husband Anthony Weiner this week.

Here’s a look at Abedin and her rise to prominence behind the scenes with Clinton.

Early Life

Abedin was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and spent most of her childhood in Saudi Arabia after moving there with her parents — both academics and educators — and three siblings at the age of 2. She later returned to the United States to attend George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

From Intern to Adviser

2008 Campaign and the State Department

The arrangement that allowed Abedin to work privately and for the State Department simultaneously came under scrutiny after it was disclosed by The New York Times in 2013.

Relationship With Anthony Weiner

In 2011, after the sexting scandal that led to Weiner’s resignation from Congress, Abedin stood by her husband and gave birth to their son just a few months afterward. She publicly supported Weiner as additional messages to women emerged during his New York City mayoral run in 2013 — a period captured by the documentary “Weiner,” released this year.

2016 Campaign

Her email correspondence with Clinton was noted as part of the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. Abedin’s prior concurrent work for the State Department and Clinton Foundation has become a point of contention for Trump in recent weeks as he has levied accusations of pay for play. The Clintons have denied his accusations.

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