By Andrew Bolt ~
Huma Abedin is a close aide of Hillary Clinton, now a favorite to become the next President of the United States:
Huma Abedin, 39, … first worked for Hillary Clinton as a college intern in the White House in 1996 when Bill was president. She is now so close to the former secretary of state that she is regularly referred to as Clinton’s “shadow”, “secret weapon” and “surrogate daughter”.
When Clinton can’t work out how to work a fax machine, she summons Abedin. When Clinton sent an envoy to London last year to raise campaign cash from wealthy US expats, it was Abedin who made the trip…
From starting out as an intern, assigned to Clinton when she was first lady, Abedin went on to be Clinton’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department. Before that she was an assistant to Clinton during her failed 2008 presidential campaign. She is vice-chairwoman for the current Clinton bid for the White House.
The grubby sex scandals involving her husband, sexting creep Anthony Weiner, are one thing. But Steve Kates of Catallaxy Files suggests the real story might be in these throwaway paragraphs of the report above:
Abedin’s mother is Pakistani; her late father was Indian. She was born in Michigan but when Abedin was two her family moved to Saudi Arabia, where her father established a think tank, the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs. Some alleged the family had connections to figures inside the Muslim Brotherhood, which has fuelled conspiracy theories….
After [Donald] Trump proposed banning Muslims from the US, Abedin — an expert on Middle Eastern affairs — wrote an open letter calling herself “a proud Muslim” and denouncing Trump as a racist.
Wait a minute.
As Kates notes, dig a bit deeper and those connections seem more serious than that:
Huma Abedin’s mother, Saleha, who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s female division (the “Muslim Sisterhood”), is a major figure in not one but two Union for Good components. The first is the International Islamic Council for Dawa and Relief (IICDR). It is banned in Israel for supporting Hamas under the auspices of the Union for Good. Then there’s the International Islamic Committee for Woman and Child (IICWC) — an organization that Dr. Saleha Abedin has long headed. Dr. Abedin’s IICWC describes itself as part of the IICDR. And wouldn’t you know it, the IICWC charter was written by none other than . . . Sheikh Qaradawi [“the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief sharia jurist”], in conjunction with several self-proclaimed members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Her father, Syed Abedin (1928-1993), was an Indian-born scholar who had worked as a visiting professor at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz University in the early Seventies.
Huma’s mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, is a sociologist known for her strong advocacy of Sharia Law. A member of the Muslim Sisterhood (i.e., the Muslim Brotherhood’s division for women), Saleha is also a board member of the International Islamic Council for Dawa and Relief. This pro-Hamas entity is part of the Union of Good, which the U.S. government has formally designated as an international terrorist organization led by the Muslim Brotherhood luminary Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
When Huma was two, the Abedin family relocated from Michigan to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This move took place when Abdullah Omar Naseef, a major Muslim Brotherhood figure who served as vice president of Abdulaziz University (AU), recruited his former AU colleague, Syed Abedin, to work for the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA), a Saudi-based Islamic think tank that Naseef was preparing to launch. A number of years later, Naseef would develop close ties to Osama bin Laden and the terrorist group al Qaeda. Naseef also spent time (beginning in the early 1980s) as secretary-general of the Muslim World League, which, as journalist Andrew C. McCarthy points out, “has long been the Muslim Brotherhood’s principal vehicle for the international propagation of Islamic supremacist ideology.”
(Many links at the link above.)
Still more here, including an account of how the mainstream media has tended to deflect or attack reports on Abedin’s background.
Oh, and there’s this detail:
Further tying the Clintons to the Saudis is big money. CNN reported in 2008 that “donations to the William J. Clinton Foundation include amounts of $10 million to $25 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
But back to Abedin. Another facet of this story is Hillary Clinton’s astonishing – and possibly criminal – use of a private email server to send and receive State Department information:
California Congressman Darrell Issa, who previously led an investigation into Benghazi as former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, says the FBI “would like to indict both Huma [Abedin] and Hillary Clinton” for conducting sensitive government business on an unsecure, private email server.
“I think the FBI director would like to indict both Huma and Hillary as we speak,” the Republican heavyweight told the Washington Examiner Thursday…
“I think he’s in a position where he’s being forced to triple-time make a case of what would otherwise be, what they call, a slam dunk,” Issa said, referring to FBI Director James Comey, who previously told the Senate Judiciary Committee he would conduct a “competent,” “honest” and “independent” probe into Clinton’s handling of classified information during her tenure as secretary of state.
Still, Issa suggested Clinton’s wrongdoing is obvious.
“You can’t have 1,300 highly sensitive emails that contain highly sensitive material that’s taken all, or in part from classified documents, and have it be an accident,” he said….
Issa’s comments come just two days after former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, claimed he has friends in the FBI who “tell [him] they’re ready to indict and they’re ready to recommend an indictment.”…
Despite mounting evidence against the former first lady and the FBI’s alleged desire to recommend an indictment, according to Issa, the California congressman says it is unlikely Clinton will face criminal charges during the election cycle.
“I’ve worked with both the last attorney general… and this attorney general, and I really don’t believe they’ll do it,” Issa told the Examiner. “Doing it, by definition, would end her run for president.”
He continued, “So do I think the Democrats are in an odd situation where the only thing they can do is hold their nose and hold back on and indictment?”
“Sadly, yes,” Issa said.
The State Department acknowledged for the first time Friday that “top secret” information has been found in emails that passed through the private email server Hillary Clinton used while leading the agency, elevating the issue in the presidential campaign three days before the hotly contested Iowa caucuses.
The information was contained in 22 emails, across seven email chains, that were sent or received by Clinton, according to a State Department spokesman. The emails will not be disclosed as part of an ongoing release of Clinton’s email correspondence from her years as secretary of state, even in highly redacted form.
Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.