Conservatives are accusing Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, of being a terrorist…or at least a terrorist sympathizer.
Abedin worked at a Muslim publication, The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, that purportedly opposed women’s rights and blamed the US for 9/11.
It turns out the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs is an Abedin family business. Huma was an assistant editor there between 1996 and 2008. Her brother, Hassan, 45, is a book-review editor at the Journal and was a fellow at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, where Nasseef Abedin, Huma’s mother, is chairman of the board of trustees. Huma’s sister, Heba, 26, is an assistant editor at the Journal.
In June 2012, then congresswoman Michele Bachmann and four conservative congressmen wrote to the State Department warning that the Muslim Brotherhood had infiltrated the highest levels of the U.S. government. The letter specifically cited Abedin: “Huma Abedin has three family members—her late father, her mother and her brother—connected to Muslim Brotherhood operatives and/or organizations,” they wrote. But a month later Senator John McCain, no friend of the Clintons, took to the Senate floor to denounce Bachmann’s letter as an “unwarranted and unfounded attack” on Abedin. “I know Huma to be an intelligent, upstanding, hard-working, and loyal servant of our country and our government.”
Conservatives are now trying to stir that controversy once again, and there is nothing there. The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs is NOT a terrorist publication, and never has been.
Huma, who has worked for Clinton since 1996, would be the likely candidate for Hillary’s chief of staff if she wins the presidency.