All is forgiven! Not Comey, Trump, Russians, alt right or fake news! But Hillary has made up with Hu
Hillary Clinton and top aide Huma Abedin were pictured together on Thursday for the first time since losing the presidential election.
The pair chatted and Abedin smiled as they walked out of Clinton's office in the Midtown neighborhood of New York City.
They had spent five hours inside the office before Abedin and an unidentified woman walked Clinton to a waiting vehicle and sent her on her way with a box of documents.
The lengthy meeting came in the week of an uncomfortable reminded of the final crisis to hit Clinton's campaign, and Huma's role in it: the unsealing of an FBI search warrant looking for secret emails on Abedin's pervert estranged husband Anthony Weiner's laptop.
Clinton, her husband, Bill, and her aides have said that the FBI's announcement of the renewed probe into her secret email server was a crucial factor in her election loss.
But the five-hour meeting shows that there is no bad blood between Clinton and Abedin over Weiner's role in the defeat.
There have, however, been rumblings of discontent inside the Clinton camp over Abedin's continued presence at the loser's side.
Campaign staffers told Vanity Fair earlier this month that they 'don't give a s***' about Abedin following Clinton's presidential loss.
In the process of the Weiner probe, investigators found that the computer contained 'thousands' of emails sent and received by Abedin, according to the warrant request.
Many Clinton staffers lashed out a Abedin after her boss's surprise loss to Donald Trump in the election.
'Maybe I'm just pissed off, but I really don't give a s*** about what happens to Huma Abedin to be honest with you,' one Clinton adviser told Vanity Fair.
That person then added that they took issue with Abedin appearing on the rope line alongside Clinton when she greeted disappointed supporters after conceding the election to Trump.
'You're staff, O.K.? Staff is staff. You're not a principal.'
Another Clinton insider also seemed to suggest that Abedin was getting a little too comfortable with the limelight.
'She was enjoying the red carpet and enjoying the photo spreads much too much in my opinion,' said the insider. 'She enjoyed being a celebrity too much.'
Abedin was often photographed at Clinton events, took selfies with supporters and was also featured in Vogue - wearing a designer outfit which the magazine noted was her own.
The other problem with Abedin seems to be the resistance of those closest to Clinton to get her to change her ways during the election, despite her falling poll numbers.
The insider said that some urged Clinton to do The View more to show her 'gregarious side', but she only appeared once on the program.
What's more, the insider claims that Clinton's inner circle grew smaller and smaller as the election approached, while Trump's grew bigger and bigger.
It is unclear now what Abedin will do, having worked for Clinton ever since she graduated from college.
'[S]he's someone that will be sought after either personally or through business from many rich, very rich connected people. She'll do very well for herself,' said the insider.
Despite bad blood among Clinton's campaign, she and Abedin smiled as they walked out of Clinton's Midtown office after spending approximately five hours inside.
While Clinton and Abedin were together the day Clinton conceded on November 9, as well as at a farewell party for campaign staffers last two days later, Thursday marks the first time they were photographed together since before election results rolled in.
Last week, Abedin asked a judge to allow her to review a search warrant the FBI used to gain access to emails related to Clinton's private server shortly before the election.
In a letter filed in Manhattan federal court, Abedin said she was never provided a copy of the warrant, nor was her estranged husband, Weiner, whose computer contained the emails.
The letter was filed as a federal judge considers whether to unseal the application for the search warrant, which was obtained after FBI Director James Comey informed Congress of newly discovered emails on October 28.
The FBI seized the laptop owned by Weiner in October, in an unrelated investigation into sexual messages he exchanged with a 15-year-old girl.
DailyMail.com broke the story last September: Weiner carried on a months-long online sexual relationship with the teen during which she claimed he asked her to dress up in 'school-girl' outfits for him on a video messaging application and pressed her to engage in 'rape fantasies'.
Some senior Democrats claimed Comey might have broken the Hatch Act, which forbids federal officials from interfering in an election.
Abedin's lawyers said she was unable to evaluate the issue as neither she nor Weiner was provided with the warrant itself, despite federal rules requiring authorities to provide a warrant to a person whose property was taken.
Clinton used the private server while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
Comey had recommended to the Justice Department in July that no criminal charges be brought against Clinton over her handling of classified information in the emails, although saying she and her colleagues were 'extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.'
Only two days before the election, Comey disclosed the emails did nothing to change his earlier recommendation.
Clinton and her husband have launched bitter attacks on Comey for the move - and her followers have been even more outspoken.
Days after the defeat she told donors in a conference call: 'There are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful,
'Our analysis is that Comey’s letter raising doubts that were groundless, baseless, proven to be, stopped our momentum.'
And this week a local newspaper near their Chappaqua, New York, home, reported that Bill Clinton had told shoppers at a bookshop:' James Comey cost her the election.'
One particularly bitter intervention came this week from Brian Fallon, her former campaign spokesman, who launched a tirade against Comey for revealing the renewed probe.
'The unsealed filings regarding Huma's emails reveals Comey's intrusion on the election was as utterly unjustified as we suspected at time,' he tweeted.
'Whenever Comey departs FBI, this episode will be in first graf of any assessment of his tenure. It is stain on his personal legacy & on FBI.'