Huma Speaks: ‘I Believe in Him’

by Eliana Johnson

Flanking her husband, Anthony Weiner, at a press conference in the wake of new revelations that he continued his sexually explicit exchanges with young women after his resignation from Congress in June 2011, Huma Abedin delivered an emotional statement to reporters. Her voice wavering at points, she said, “I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him and, as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward.” 

The adviser to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton acknowledged that her marriage to Weiner has “had its ups and its downs,” but said that, with a “whole lot of work and a whole lot of therapy,” the couple has made an effort to overcome their marital difficulties. Her husband, she said, made “horrible mistakes both before he resigned from Congress and after.”

Abedin said that she chose to remain in the marriage “for me, for our son, and for our family.”

The website The Dirty on Tuesday posted sexually-explicit exchanges and photographs provided by a source who claimed that she corresponded with Weiner until at least August 2012, over a year after he resigned from Congress. The source told the website that Weiner had offered to help her get a job and arranged to purchase a condominium for her in Chicago, where he planned to meet her for sexual encounters.

Abedin has maintained a low profile in public since Weiner left office, though she maintained her position as a senior adviser to Clinton, but has recently emerged on the campaign trail with Weiner. Today marked her first appearance at a press conference with her husband.