Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin describes assault by US senator
But Abedin’s separation quickly became political fodder for Donald Trump, Clinton’s Republican opponent. Abedin has been by Clinton’s side for two decades, first as an intern in the first lady’s office in the 1990s and then as a top aide as Clinton began her own political career as a U.S. senator from New York. Abedin is one of only a handful of advisers who have served on both of Clinton’s presidential campaigns — a mark of loyalty and trust. Clinton strongly supported Abedin when Weiner’s sexually charged text messages first came to light in 2011, a year into their marriage, and again in 2013 when Weiner was running for mayor of New York.