Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s closest aide, friend, advisor, and confidante will have her loyalty tested this week as she becomes the latest State Department to be deposed about Clinton’s email private email set-up.

Huma Abedin, about whom Clinton said, “if I had a second daughter, it would (be) Huma,” will be in the hot seat as she is questioned under oath by attorneys for Judicial Watch about the unprecedented secret email system Clinton put into place during her tenure as President Obama’s first Secretary of State from 2009 through 2012.

Abedin herself used the private Clinton server in her capacity as a State Department employee while also working in the private sector raising questions about the security of the unauthorized email set-up.

Her deposition comes after that of Bryan Pagliano, the IT specialist who moonlighted on Clinton’s private server while drawing salary at the State Department. Pagliano invoked his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent 125 times during his 90-minute deposition.

Judge Emmet Sullivan, who was appointed to the D.C. District Court by President Clinton, took the unusual step of granting depositions in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit after he became frustrated with the State Department’s lack of cooperation with the discovery requests ordered by the court.

Sullivan said, “There has been a constant drip, drip, drip of declarations. When does it stop? This case is about the public’s right to know.”

Abedin began her career in 1996 as a White House intern during the Clinton presidency fulfilling roles for Mrs. Clinton ranging from traveling chief of staff during the 2008 presidential campaign and deputy chief of staff at the State Department, to her current position as vice-chairwoman of Clinton’s campaign for the presidency.

Mrs. Clinton has been described as a mentor, even mother figure, to Abedin whose own mother once told Hillary, “You have spent more time with my daughter than I have in the past 15 years. I’m jealous of you!”

Abedin, a practicing Muslim, served as an assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, and is considered a trusted advisor to Mrs. Clinton on the Middle East, and according to some sources is so close to the Democrat candidate that Mr. Clinton contacts Abedin to get in touch with his wife.

Abedin is married to disgraced New York lawmaker, Anthony Weiner, who was forced to resign from Congress after a series of “sexting” scandals. President Clinton presided at their 2010 wedding.



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