Through a Hillary Clinton campaign spokesman, Huma Abedin, has denied any active participation in what the New York Post describes as a radical Muslim journal that opposes women’s rights and pinned the blame on the U.S. for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Instead, her role was honorary or ceremonial, Team Clinton insisted.
Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s close and longtime aide who is always at the Democrat presidential nominee’s side on the campaign trail, has worked for Hillary Clinton since becoming a White House intern 20 years ago.
Abedin is married to disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner (aka Carlos Danger) whose career imploded over a sexting scandal.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Abedin’s name appeared on the masthead as assistant editor of the Journal of Minority Muslim Affairs from 1996 to 2008, a publication for which her mother was and is editor-in-chief. Two siblings also work at the magazine.
In a follow-up story, the Post obtained a response from the Clinton campaign about Huma Abedin’s affiliation with the publication which appears to run counter to Hillary Clinton’s stated feminist agenda.
“‘My understanding is that her name was simply listed on the masthead in that period,’ Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said hours after The Post broke the bombshell story. “She did not play a role in editing at the publication.’ Merrill said Abedin was just a figurehead and not actually on staff at the Saudi-based and -funded Journal of Minority Muslim Affairs, which featured radically anti-feminist views and backed strict Islamic laws roundly criticized for oppressing women…”
“The journal supported a strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia laws, which call for beheadings, require women to cover their bodies and faces and advocate death for ‘infidels’ — which in their view includes just about everyone but the most extreme religious hardliners. The publication also blamed the US for the 9/11 terror attacks, which were carried out largely by Saudi nationals.”
The campaign offered no comment as to whether Hillary Clinton was aware of Huma Abedin’s connection to the magazine or whether her confidante received a salary.
More facts will likely emerge, but it is also fair to say Huma Abedin would hardly be the first person who was carried on a magazine masthead without doing any actual work.
Today, a U.S. State Department representative suggested that Huma Abedin was fully vetted and cleared to work at that agency with some form of security clearance when Hillary Clinton became America’s top diplomat under Obama.
Parenthetically, Abedin, 40, apparently 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.
Separately, in a new batch of Hillary Clinton emails released today (#Hillarysemails), it appears that Huma Abedin was allegedly involved in setting up meetings between Clinton Foundation supporters and Hillary Clinton, the Washington Times reported.
Clinton foes have accused the Clinton Foundation of setting up a “pay for play” scheme whereby foreign governments and multinational corporations would make large contributions to it in exchange for favorable treatment from the U.S. government when Clinton was Secretary of State.
Last year, Huma Abedin was supposedly 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 claimed. “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 Huma Abedin was overpaid by about $10,000, but the U.S. Department of Justice decided against mounting a criminal prosecution, the Times added.
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