Jennifer Palmieri, former communications director for twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, said Huma Abedin “broke down” and was “distraught” when the FBI announced finding official Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
Weiner was Abedin’s then-husband, and the emails were from Clinton’s tenure at the State Department. The FBI informed the public about the discovery shortly before Election Day in 2016.
From the Washington Examiner: “She was distraught. Hillary and I sat with her in our cabin on the plane as Huma sobbed. ‘He is going to kill me’ was all Huma could manage to say in between sobs,” Palmieri writes in an excerpt of her new book Dear Madam President published by Time magazine.
Palmieri added that Abedin had dealt with a lot in her marriage to Weiner, who is currently in prison for sending sexual messages to an underage girl, and on the campaign, but stayed “brave” throughout the crises.
“This was a rare moment when she broke down,” the excerpt said.
According to Palmieri, Clinton consoled Abedin.
“I watched as Hillary hugged her and was able to help calm Huma down,” Palmieri wrote. “On the flight back to New York, Hillary insisted all of us have big ice-cream sundaes in an effort to cheer Huma up.”