A former high-ranking aide to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has emerged with a shocking new allegation against a powerful D.C. figure.
According to The Daily Wire, Huma Abedin’s new tell-all book includes an allegation that she was sexually assaulted by an unnamed senator.
“He told me to make myself comfortable”
The soon-to-be-released autobiography Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds contains a depiction of the alleged 2005 attack that followed a D.C. dinner event she attended with Clinton.
“I ended up walking out with one of the senators, and soon we stopped in front of his building and he invited me in for coffee,” Abedin wrote, according to an excerpt published by the Daily Mail. “Once inside, he told me to make myself comfortable on the couch.”
By this point in the evening, she claimed to have already parted ways with Clinton.
“Then, in an instant, it all changed,” Abedin recalled. “He plopped down to my right, put his left arm around my shoulder, and kissed me, pushing his tongue into my mouth, pressing me back on the sofa.”
The longtime Clinton staffer described feeling “shocked” by the prominent lawmaker’s actions, asserting that she “pushed him away” in an effort to escape the situation.
“Trying to appear as nonchalant as possible”
Upon recognizing her dismay, she said the senator insisted he “misread” her actions and asked if she would like to stay.
Noting that her response was “something only the twentysomething version” of her would say, Abedin wrote that she apologized “and walked out, trying to appear as nonchalant as possible.”
After that encounter, she stated that she sought to maintain her distance from the senator but ran into him on Capitol Hill several days later at which time he asked if they were still friends. At some point after that, she claimed that Clinton became aware of the situation.
Speculation has swirled regarding the possible identity of the man, though Abedin declined to name him or even provide his party affiliation. Although she wrote that she repressed her memory of the alleged event for years, it resurfaced amid the allegations of sexual misconduct that impacted the confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018.
Abedin was also at the center of another D.C. sex scandal involving her estranged husband, former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who was convicted of sending sexually explicit messages to a minor, according to Fox News.