Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin was apparently unwilling to hug it out with a well-wisher after last night’s Democrat debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
PBS cameras caught Abedin, who is constantly at Mrs. Clinton’s side on the campaign trail and before, pushing away an as-yet unidentified post-debate Clinton supporter. See footage embedded below.
The woman in question had just greeted and exchanged pleasantries with the former Secretary of State who is now locked in a tight contest for the 2016 presidential nomination with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a socialist who is running in the Democrat primary.
Abedin is married to disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, a.k.a. (under his sexting name) Carlos Danger, who subsequently failed as a candidate for mayor of New York City.
“Huma began to frown as soon as she saw the woman’s arm nearing her shoulder at which point she almost instinctively shoved it away while also sternly saying something that appeared to be directed at the unidentified individual. The recipient of Huma’s shove seemed stunned and a bit embarrassed after the failed greeting, while Huma just continued down the receiving line,” the Daily Mail explained about the close encounter or non-encounter.
“She appeared to thank the unknown hugger and tell her that she would soon have her picture taken with Clinton, according to a Free Beacon lip-reading analysis,” the Washington Free Beacon asserted.
Separately, news emerged this week that State Department investigators reportedly subpoenaed Clinton Foundation records involving Huma Abedin from the 2012 time frame.
Abedin, 39, apparently also received special permission from Clinton to triple-dip by simultaneously working for the federal government, the Clinton Foundation, and a consulting firm for a period of time, Politico reported in September 2015.
Clinton foes have accused the Clinton Foundation of setting up a money-laundering scheme whereby foreign governments and multinational corporations would make large contributions in exchange for favorable treatment by the State Department when Clinton was serving as America’s top diplomat.
“[T]he subpoenas also focused on foundation projects that possibly required approval from the feds when Clinton was secretary of state,” the New York Post explained.
Abedin has supposedly lawyered up as a result of the ongoing FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email/private server controversy.
“Critics charge that donors wrote checks to the foundation when Clinton was secretary of state to gain influence with her, a charge she denies,” the Post observed. “GOP critics…have charged that Abedin’s dual roles with the foundation and State Department, along with her longtime ties to Clinton, created potential conflicts of interest.”
Last year, Huma Abedin was under scrutiny by federal investigators for embezzlement “after confirming she took a ‘Babymoon’ vacation and maternity time at the State Department without expending her formal leave, resulting in thousands of dollars of pay she wasn’t entitled to receive,” the Washington Times reported. “The probe also gathered evidence she filed time sheets charging the government for impermissible overtime and excessive hours after she converted from a full-time federal employee to a State Department contractor.”
The State Department’s Inspector General determined that Abedin was overpaid by about $10,000, but the U.S. Department of Justice decided against mounting a criminal prosecution, the Times added.
“Ms. Abedin…told investigators she hadn’t noticed she had received a $33,000 lump sum payment — about a third of which investigators determined was improper — when she left the State Department. She suggested her husband…failed to let her know.”
Huma Abedin was Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department from 2009 to 2012 and has worked for Hillary in various capacities since 1996.
Following Hillary Clinton’s landslide loss to Sanders in the New Hampshire primary, many news media outlets discussed how she has perhaps unexpectedly struggled to attract female and millenial voters to her column. Professor Camille Paglia, a well-known social critic and Sanders supporter who might be described as a contrarian feminist, offered this assessment of the Clinton candidacy in Salon.
“…What genuine principles does Hillary have left, after a public career so light on concrete achievement and so heavy with lies and greed? Yes, she’s been handed job after job, but primarily due to her very unfeminist association with a man. As a senator, she initiated nothing of substance, and as Secretary of State, she stumbled into one disastrous fiasco after another, escalating the destabilization of North Africa and the Mideast…”
On the Republican side, New York real estate mogul and first-time candidate Donald Trump easily won the GOP primary in New Hampshire. If current trends continue, and things obviously could change, Trump will either meet Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in the November 2016 general election.
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Added: Hillary Clinton’s apparel during the Democrat debate on Thursday night has raised some eyebrows in the context of the crusade against income inequality. “Hillary Clinton apparently sported the same mustard-colored yellow jacket to Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate that she wore while photographed in 2014 next to the CEO of Goldman Sachs… Clinton has taken heat for the six-figure Wall Street speeches she delivered before launching her 2016 White House bid,” The Hill recalled.