Politics

Clinton Campaign Denies Abedin Leaked Info

| by Michael Doherty
Hillary Clinton in Hampton, New Hampshire.Hillary Clinton in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign is reportedly searching for the person who leaked information to the authors of a book detailing Clinton's campaign.

"Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign," by Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen, details the failures of Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign against President Donald Trump, NPR reports. The book, which contains embarrassing information about the campaign, has reportedly sparked a search for the alleged leaker.

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Huma Abedin, who worked as one of Clinton's top staffers during the campaign, has been accused of revealing information to Parnes and Allen to save her own reputation, Daily Mail reports. The Clinton campaign has denied these accusations.

"It was our campaign. We lived it," said a spokesperson for Clinton, according to Page Six. "So we don’t need a book to know what really happened, and what’s in there that’s flat-out made up. Huma didn’t talk to them."

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The book reportedly reveals how Clinton apologized to then-President Barack Obama on Election Night, after she had lost to Trump. After calling Trump to congratulate him on winning, she reportedly called Obama.

"Mr. President, I'm sorry," Clinton is reported to have told him.

The book also discusses a "witch hunt" in the Clinton campaign in 2008 after she lost the Democratic nomination to Obama. At that time, Clinton had an aide check her campaign's emails to find leakers.

"The knives are out to find the people who spoke about the campaign to the authors of this book," alleged a source. "[Campaign finance director] Dennis [Cheng] has been texting prominent campaign staffers, asking who talked. He's on a witch hunt to find out who talked to save their own skin, throwing Hillary and her campaign manager Robby Mook under the bus."

"Everybody will be eyeing everyone else suspiciously," the source said of an upcoming "thank-you" party in April for Clinton's top aides.

Abedin's husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York, was the subject of a sexting scandal that led the FBI to reexamine the scandal that emerged around Clinton's private email server, just days before the election.

In "Shattered," the book's authors depict Abedin as a "disaster waiting to happen."

"In any other political operation she would have been cast aside publicly and brutally long before this moment," says the book. "Now her detractors fears were being realized and the risk could no longer be ignored."

Parnes and Allen said Clinton "knew she needed Huma to vanish," but cited the two women's close relationship as a struggle for the candidate.

The book claims Abedin chose to "[fall] on her own sword," telling Clinton, "I'll do whatever. I'll put my situation in your hands."

Sources: Daily Mail, Page Six, NPR / Photo credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr

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