Despite her husband being the butt of late-night jokes and water-cooler ridicule, Huma Abedin is standing by Anthony Weiner, and he, by her. “I love her,” Weiner said at a press conference Thursday. “She loves me. We have a son. Nothing else matters.”
But Abedin is facing her own troubles — less salacious than her husband’s, but potentially more severe.
On June 13, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote her and Secretary of State John Kerry asking why Abedin, the deputy chief of staff at the State Department under former Secretary Hillary Clinton, was granted status as a “special government employee” after the birth of her son.
That title allowed her to work from home as a part-time consultant to State, earning $135,000 as a government employee — while also earning $355,000 as a consultant for Teneo, where former President Bill Clinton is a board member.
Grassley wants to know who authorized Abedin’s change in status, what effect that change had on her security clearances, and whether the department interacted with the companies with which Abedin consulted.