Huma Watch: Clinton Off the Hook for Emails But Top Aide Still Missing

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By Emily Zanotti | 2:50 pm, November 7, 2016

Hillary Clinton got some welcome news yesterday: Nearly all of the emails discovered on Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin’s shared home laptop were duplicates of emails the FBI already had in their possession — and as such, they’re not changing their mind on prosecution.

But while Hillary is hitting the trail to make her closing argument in advance of election day, her top aide, Huma Abedin, who was booted from the campaign while the FBI investigated her estranged husband’s technology collection, hasn’t returned to the trail.

Huma was pushed from the campaign and replaced by another close adviser last week, she spent Halloween at her and Weiner’s home in New York, and was reportedly working out of Clinton’s Brooklyn campaign headquarters, but wasn’t seen. Late last week, she attended a DC fundraiser thrown by Anna Wintour, where she reportedly received a “warm welcome” from the $1,000-per-plate crowd.

Anna Wintour referred to the email scandal as being, “so Watergate.”

But the campaign itself hasn’t embraced Huma as warmly. Clinton has a packed schedule this week, appearing in several key states, including Pennsylvania. Monday night, Clinton is scheduled to make her “closing argument” to the American people in a star-studded rally featuring her running mate Tim Kaine, President Obama and his wife Michelle, and Vice President Joe Biden, with performances by Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi.

But it looks like Huma will be watching the event from home — or the cheap seats.

For Clinton, Abedin is likely now a liability. Keeping her hidden until Election Day helps keep the email scandal out of the minds of voters, even if Clinton herself believes the FBI’s Sunday afternoon letter is a final resolution to the matter. And Huma hasn’t, herself, been cleared, though the emails were found on technology she and her husband shared.

Huma may not even get the chance to be a part of a Clinton White House. Despite her 20-year tenure at the helm of Clinton’s personal life, her presence in the Oval Office might only serve to encourage distrust in the new Clinton Administration.