Monday, 29 August 2016

Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide, Huma Abedin, has said she would separate from her husband, disgraced New York congressman Anthony Weiner, who was reported by the New York Post to have fallen back into his “sexting habit.”
“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” Abedin said in a statement.

She added, “Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life.”

The media report included alleged conversations and photos that Weiner reportedly swapped with a Trump supporter said to be in her 40s, while his wife Abedin is on the campaign trail.

Weiner has since deleted his public Twitter profile.

The woman handed over the conversations and photos to The New York Post under the condition that she not be identified. She reportedly told the paper that she started chatting with Weiner over the internet in January 2015.

Weiner told the paper that he and the woman “have been friends for some time.”

“She has asked me not to comment except to say that our conversations were private, often included pictures of her nieces and nephews and my son and were always appropriate,” Weiner told the paper.

But many of the pictures published by The New York Post showed Weiner shirtless or focused below his waist, and he often tried to steer the conversation toward sex, according to the paper.

When the woman once said she was headed to bed, Weiner reportedly replied, “Sleeping alone? Asking for a friend?”

Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after an initial sexting scandal, but after claiming he underwent therapy, ran for Mayor of New York City in 2013, which he lost.

New Yorkers seemed to be ready to give him the “second chance” he had asked for until it was revealed that he had continued sexting under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger.” The fallout from both scandals was documented in the recently-released film “Weiner.”

In conversations with another woman he has been sexting lately, Weiner invites the woman to meet up, writing: “Let’s get together. I’m a big wheel in this town,” according to The New York Post.

Abedin is widely considered to be Clinton’s closest aide, virtually always by the candidate’s side on the trail. She is known as an influential voice on policy decisions and an intensely private person.