Huma Abedin, the Vice Chairperson of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign has now been brought into the limelight of the US presidential campaign.
The FBI last Friday announced that it had found additional emails potentially related to the probe, completed in July this year, of Hillary Clinton’s private server when she was Secretary of State.
The new emails come from a laptop that was used by Huma’s estranged husband, former Rep Anthony Weiner, and were found during an investigation of Weiner for allegedly exchanging sexually explicit text messages and photos with a minor.
Donald Trump, trying to deflect criticism of his own alleged sexual perversion has now ceased the moment and has been vilifying Weiner and Huma as well as Hillary Clinton in order to gain votes.
Donald Trump repeatedly mentioned Huma by name. “Is she going to keep Huma?” Trump asked Saturday in Golden, Colo. “Huma’s been a problem. Do we agree? Huma. Huma’s been a problem. I wonder if Huma’s going to stay there.”
On the campaign, Huma Abedin has been involved heavily with Hillary Clinton personally, including speeches, statements, meetings and debate preparation. She manages the candidate’s large network of contacts and serves as gatekeeper, determining who and what gets through to her.
“She’s played a central and vital role in this campaign,” Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “And she continues to do that and continues to do her work running our overall scheduling and advance operation, being a confidante to senior people in the campaign, and traveling with Hillary.”
Huma was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA in 1976 where her father Dr Syed Zainul Abedin (1928–93) was an Imam at the mosque.
Dr Abedin, a graduate of Aligarh Muslim University and a young member of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind at the time in India, moved to US for higher studies during the early seventies.
He later completed his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and married Dr Saleha Abedin from Pakistan who also completed her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Both husband and wife were gifted academics and educators in the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, English literature and sociology.
At the age of two, Huma with her parents moved with her family to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1978 where her father Dr Abedin founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, an institution devoted to the study of Muslim communities in non-Muslim societies around the world.
In 1979 Dr Abedin released a reputable Journal of the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (JIMMA) that Dr Saleha Abedin, currently an Associate Professor of Sociology, continues to publish after her husbands death.
Huma was raised and lived in Saudi Arabia, returning to US at the age 18 studying at George Washington University from where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree.
In 1996 she began working as an intern at the White House and was assigned to Hillary Clinton.
She officially took over as Clinton’s aide and personal advisor in 2000 and later worked as traveling chief of staff and “body woman” during Clinton’s unsuccessful campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
She has since then been a very close confidante of Hillary Clinton spearheading her campaign for the Presidency.
Huma married the New York Jewish Rep Anthony Weiner with whom she has a 4 year son, Zain, but finally separated this year after his repeated sexting scandals.
Huma has a sister in the US and a brother who is an academic in UK. Her mother still lives in Saudi Arabia.
In September, the FBI opened its investigation of Weiner after a report that he had exchanged messages with a minor. It was that probe that led to the discovery of the new emails and, ultimately, to last Friday’s 28 October announcement, a development that is rocking the campaign of the woman to whom Huma has devoted her career.