Of all the potential outcomes resulting from the FBI’s renewed examination of Hillary Clinton’s emails, one that’s especially fascinating is what the scandal means for Clinton’s relationship with Huma Abedin, her longtime aide. Abedin is the estranged wife of disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner, whose alleged sexual misconduct led investigators to the new trove of emails, but she’s also someone Clinton considers a type of surrogate daughter.
Clinton and Abedin are intricately linked, professionally and personally—to an almost bizarre degree. Abedin, at age 19, first interned for Clinton when she was first lady and worked for Clinton when she was secretary of state. Clinton—in an unbelievable instance of irony—is credited with introducing Abedin and Weiner. Bill Clinton officiated at their wedding. And both Abedin and her boss share the unique trait of enduring the public humiliation of a cheating husband and, at least initially, making the decision to stay married despite the indiscretions. (Abedin announced her separation from Weiner in August.)
After all that, and a week away from the election they’ve both worked toward, their 20-year bond is facing the ultimate test.