Hillary Clinton’s former senior staff member Huma Abedin suggested Sunday that he could run for public office someday.
Abedin, who served as Clinton’s Vice President of Presidential Campaign in 2016 and Chief of Staff during her 2008 White House candidacy, made the comments to host John Catsimatidis on the WABC 770 AM radio show “Cats Roundtable.”
Clinton’s longtime collaborator admitted she’s more comfortable working behind the scenes, but left the door open for a potential run for office.
“I’m at that stage in my life where I say, ‘Never say never,'” Abedin said.
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“I’ve been married for a long time to one of, I think, the most dynamic and successful politicians out there – and I’ve worked for another politician,” she continued. “I enjoyed supporting them. I have always been ambivalent about being myself in public.”
Abedin is separated from her husband Anthony Wiener, a sex offender who was previously a New York congressman. She is reportedly now dating actor Bradley Cooper.
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“Who knows what the future holds? You never know, but I doubt it. I really seriously doubt it,” Abedin said of the race for office.
The 2016 Federal Bureau of Investigations investigation into Wiener followed allegations that he had engaged in sexting with a 15-year-old girl. As part of the investigation, the FBI seized his laptop, where sensitive emails from Abedin relating to the Clinton email scandal were discovered. The agency reopened the investigation into Clinton’s emails.
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Clinton attributed the FBI investigation into her email server to her loss of former President Donald Trump in 2016.
Abedin and Clinton were not charged in connection with the investigation. Both denied the allegations of impropriety.
Clinton’s staff member began working for the Democratic politician as a White House intern in the Bill Clinton administration in 1996. Abedin then served as Hillary Clinton’s personal advisor during her successful 2000 campaign for one of the seats in the United States Senate in New York. After Clinton was named Secretary of State in 2009, Abedin joined her deputy chief of staff.
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Abedin is promoting his memoir, “Both / And”, which was published in November 2021. The book details his childhood in Saudi Arabia, his Muslim faith, his time as Clinton’s aide and his relationship with Wiener.
“You can be both, and. You can do a lot of different things and for me, being both, you know my background, being Arab and Muslim and also, you know, being a patriot,” he explained.
“I’ve always worked behind the scenes, but I love my country,” said Abedin.