Huma “Abedin did not know that Clinton had a private server until about a year and a half ago when it became public knowledge.”
Hillary’s closest aide, was being interviewed at the FBI’s Washington
D.C. field office by two unnamed agents. Also present was Peter Strzok,
the counterintelligence FBI figure embroiled in a scandal because of the
pro-Hillary and anti-Trump texts exposed by his extramarital affair.
The field office is another one of those bland government buildings
located near enough to the Mall for tourists who are going the wrong way
to stumble on it, but not interesting enough for them to notice it. The
building, like so many others, is part of the deeper architecture of the
governing city that matters far more than the showy museums or even the
White House and its adjacent Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The
decisions that make the news happen in the White House and the
Eisenhower Executive Office Building. But the decisions that really
matter take place in more obscure places, like a bland government
That other less glamorous government is bureaucratic. It runs on
seemingly meaningless paperwork and procedures that conceal hidden
motives and agendas. The bureaucracy is a theater. The titles are roles
and masks. The actors read from the script, but they are all starring in
the same play.
On the stage of the FBI field office were Huma Abedin, a woman living
dual lives as a devout Muslim with links to the Muslim Brotherhood and a
progressive activist with a Jewish husband, Karen Dunn, from Boies,
Schiller & Flexner, the powerful firm with close ties to Democrats
and the Clintons, who was set to be Hillary’s White House Counsel, David
Laufman, a DOJ official who was an Obama donor, and Peter Strzok, a top
FBI man who was actually a passionate Hillary supporter.
Everyone on the stage had a dual role. They were playing their parts as
FBI investigators, lawyers, DOJ officials and government aides. And
behind the kabuki masks, they were all Hillary Clinton supporters.
The particular decision that made the Huma Abedin interview little more
than a formality had already been made. Peter Strzok was in on the
drafting of the Comey letter exonerating Hillary Clinton. He had made
sure that “grossly negligent” would be turned into “extremely careless”.
So it didn’t matter very much that Huma Abedin was lying through her
carefully polished teeth or whether her interlocutors were “grossly
negligent” or just “extremely careless”.
Huma “Abedin did not know that Clinton had a private server until about
a year and a half ago when it became public knowledge,” the notes read.
But emails showed that Abedin was aware of the server that she claimed
not to have known about. Justin Cooper, the Clinton aide behind the
infamous email server, had told the FBI that he and Huma Abedin had
discussed what kind of email domain to set up on the server and signed
off on the Clintonemail.com domain name.
Not only that, but Huma Abedin had her own clintonemail.com account.
Anyone who wanted to reach her, emailed firstname.lastname@example.org. And she
used it frequently. Materials from her State Department account were
routinely forwarded to her private email. These included classified
documents. But Huma Abedin claimed not to understand how communications
technology or classified information worked. Like Hillary, she tried to
plead ignorance or ambiguity to everything.
An aide whose whole public image had been built on superhuman competence
suddenly didn’t know how anything worked. Huma couldn’t access her email
or archive it and had no idea where the Hillary laptop archive had gone.
Monica Hanley, Hillary’s “confidential” assistant, however suggested
that she had given the Clinton email archive to Huma on a thumb drive.
Huma Abedin had picked Hillary’s email address and was responsible for
managing her passwords. Huma pleaded ignorance to everything and was
never held challenged or held accountable for it by the men who had all
the evidence of her deceptions in their hands.
Huma Abedin repeated Hillary Clinton’s lie about the Secretary of State
using a personal phone because she didn’t want to carry around two
devices. In reality, Cooper, had told the FBI that Hillary Clinton liked
using a flip phone and a BlackBerry. There were a total of 11 BlackBerry
devices. Some of these were physically destroyed with a hammer by
Cooper. And then there were all the iPads.
The claim that Hillary Clinton just couldn’t handle more than one device
had already been disproven. But Strzok and Laufman never challenged Huma
Abedin about the basic contradictions in her story.
There were certainly plenty of grounds for the FBI to conclude that Huma
Abedin had lied. And her efforts to play dumb were blatantly misleading.
But instead Huma Abedin, like Cheryl Mills and other Hillary associates,
received a pass. The same ruthless pressure that would be brought to
bear by Strzok and others on General Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Paul
Manafort and others were wholly absent here.
Flynn and Papadopoulos would be forced to plead guilty to lying to the
FBI. Huma Abedin’s deceit was met with no such sanction. The raids and
arrests that targeted Trump associates had no parallel on the Clinton
side of the political border. While Papadopoulos was arrested at the
airport to rattle him into admitting everything, Abedin was brought in
for a chummy chat overseen by two political allies of her boss. It was
not the first time that Huma Abedin had received a pass over deeply
Behind these financial dealings, contacts and covert deals, is the older
and darker history of Huma Abedin’s Islamist allegiances. Raised in
Saudi Arabia by staunchly Islamist parents until she was ready to go to
college, Huma Abedin was the product of an environment fundamentally
hostile to the United States.
Her parents, Syed and Saleha Mahmood Abedin, were unrelenting adherents
of organizations such as the Union of Good, a Hamas fundraising front,
and the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, which had its own links to
Al Qaeda and Hamas. Her mother apparently continues to be employed by
the Saudi government to promote these dangerous and threatening Islamic
Huma Abedin had worked for the IMMA for twelve years and had served on
the editorial board for its journal. During her tenure, IMMA’s journal
promoted Jihad, violence toward non-Muslims, female genital mutilation
and the supremacy of Islamic law over all political and legal systems.
The journal contained threatening messages toward Jews and Christians.
Abedin had played a leadership role at George Washington University's
Muslim Students Association when its chaplain was Anwar Al-Awlaki, a
future leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. MSA chapters have
been notorious for producing future leaders of Al Qaeda, and for
indoctrinating their members with hateful views toward non-Muslims,
toward Jews and Christians, and toward America.
Any of these troubling issues should have been enough to preclude Huma
Abedin from gaining open access to classified information and becoming
the closest trusted aide to the Secretary of State, let alone to a woman
aspiring to become the President of the United States.
But the rules never actually applied to Huma Abedin. And they didn’t
apply to her because Hillary Clinton decided that her own exemption from
the rules should also cover Huma Abedin.
Hillary Clinton was able to ignore the rules on handling classified
information. And so was Huma. Conflicts of interest between the Clinton
Foundation, the State Department and assorted side projects that pulled
in money from wealthy and powerful interests, some of them foreign, were
not an issue.
And so Huma, like Hillary, was able to cash in on her government job in
the private sector even while still being employed by the government.
Huma could use a Yahoo email account for classified information, an
account that had likely been hacked, with no consequences. Like Hillary,
Huma could pretend that she didn’t remember and didn’t understand how
email or classified information worked.
Hillary Clinton was able to lie to the FBI and get away with it. And so
was Huma Abedin.
And, like Hillary, Huma’s radical associations and extremist views were
not subject to any scrutiny. When attempts were made to examine her
family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the establishment rushed to shut
them down. It wasn’t merely a fear of Islamophobia. It was, more
That was the staged drama that unfolded in the FBI field office
unbeknownst to the tourists riding their Uber and Lyft pickups to the
National Air and Space Museum or to the National Archives to see copies
of the founding documents that were being trampled on in bland
government buildings like these.
Everyone in the room knew what Huma Abedin had done. They knew she was
lying. And they didn’t care.
Huma Abedin had never been held accountable for her Islamist past.
Working for an organization that advocated terrorism and violence
against women had never been held against her. Juggling the influence
operations of Teneo and the State Department had never resulted in any
consequences. And abusing classified information and then lying about it
to the FBI was just business as usual.
Huma Abedin lied to the FBI and got away it. And that lie is almost
trivial compared to the larger deceptions that allowed a woman with ties
to enemies of this country to sit at the right hand of the Secretary of
State. When Hillary Clinton arrived in a foreign country, she did not
ride with our ambassador, as is traditional, but with Huma Abedin. This
offensive behavior flouted diplomatic tradition and humiliated our
ambassadors, but it also showed the power Huma had over Hillary.
Collusion is all the talk of the town in Washington D.C. Obscure
associations with Russia are examined and turned over from every angle.
But some forms of collusion are as obvious as the Abedin family.
And even when they are hidden away in obscure government buildings, they
cannot hide for long.