By Roger Stone
Chic gal pal? Mild mannered politician’s wife? Harmless clotheshorse? Saudi plant? Innocent aide? Handler?
Huma Abedin is Vice Chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. But Huma is more, much more than that. She is the person closest to the most powerful woman in American politics and perhaps the next President. Huma has been described variously as Hillary’s “body woman,” a sort of glorified go-to personal maid, gentle confidant, and by others as an Islamic spy. She may be all of these things, because as we shall see, Huma Abedin has an interesting and complex career history.
Abedin was deeply involved with the establishment of Hillary’s private email server, which was used for all of her work as Secretary of State. Now, since we know Hillary had hundreds of classified or top-secret documents on her vulnerable server (despite her early lies saying she did not), any faith in Huma’s judgment — at the very least — has been demolished. You will soon ask yourself, “how did this woman get a security clearance?”
She was born Huma Mahmood Abedin in 1976 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her father, Syed Zainul Abedin, was Indian and born in New Delhi. In the early 1970s, he was affiliated with the Muslim Students Association at Western Michigan University. The Muslim Students Association or MSA was started in 1963 by Saudi Arabia’s biggest charity, the Muslim World League, a group formed and funded by the Kingdom to spread Islam throughout the world.
Her mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin, was born in Pakistan. Saleha received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977.
Two years after Huma was born, the family moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and with the patronage of Abdullah Omar Naseef of the Muslim World League, founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs with offices in Saudi Arabia and London, England. In the 1980’s Syed Abedin was a counselor of the Muslim World League. After his death in 1993, his wife Saleha took over and serves as director of the IMMA (Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs) and as the editor of that organization’s academic magazine, the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. More recently she still edits the Journal and is also a part of the administration of Dar Al-Hekma Women’s College.
Naseef’s connections to the entire Abedin family are significant — and, for reasons you’ll see in a moment, very troubling. As Vanity Fair wrote, during “his early years as the patron of the Abedins’ journal, Nasseef was the secretary-general of the Muslim World League” and gives more shocking details about the Abedins:
It turns out the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs is an Abedin family business. Huma was an assistant editor there between 1996 and 2008. Her brother, Hassan, 45, is a book-review editor at the Journal and was a fellow at the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, where Nasseef is chairman of the board of trustees. Huma’s sister, Heba, 26, is an assistant editor at the Journal.
That’s what all the fuss is about. Since 1962, the Muslim World League has been funded by the Saudi government to the tune of more than $1.3 billion.
Naseef, the Muslim World League, and the government of Pakistan created the Rabita Trust in 1988. Naseef was a sponsor and financial supporter of Syed Abedin’s IMMA.
Just a month after the 9/11 jihadist attack left thousands dead and brought down the World Trade Center, President George W. Bush’s Executive Order designated the Rabita Trust as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity and the Treasury Department froze its assets on October 12, 2001.
Naseef founded the Rabita Trust and remains involved with it to this day. A Treasury Department press release issued when Rabita Trust’s assets were frozen indicated that Rabita Trust is headed by Wa’el Hamza Jalaidan, one of the founders of al-Qaida with bin Laden. He was the logistics chief of bin Laden’s organization and fought on bin Laden’s side in Afghanistan. Jalaidan himself was branded a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity by the United States Treasury Department, and his assets have been frozen, as well.
But the connections between the Abedin’s Saudi benefactor, the Muslim World League, and al-Qaeda don’t end there.
In 1984, foreign mujahidin fighters were streaming in from all over the world to an office in Peshawar, Pakistan known as Maktab al-Khidamat or MAK.
MAK had been created by two Muslims to recruit and raise money: a radical cleric named Abdullah Azzam and Azzam’s protege, the infamous leader behind 9/11, the Saudi Arabian named Osama bin Laden. Before and after his creation of MAK, Azzam subsisted on money provided by the Muslim World League:
Azzam, now determined to move to Pakistan, obtained a teaching position at the newly established International Islamic University of Islamabad, whose foreign faculty were paid directly by the Muslim World League. Thus, from his arrival in Pakistan in December 1981 until his permanent move to Peshawar in 1986, the leader of the Arab Afghans subsisted on a Muslim World League salary.
Donations to MAK came from a number of “Islamic charities” such as the Saudi Red Crescent, as well as some Saudi Arabian princes and mosques.
The office that bin Laden and the other MAK founders were based out of 1984 in Peshawar was the office of the Muslim World League and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim World League was also a principal funder of MAK, bringing in Saudi funds that would eventually go to jihad against the West.
The head of the Muslim World League when their offices in Pakistan were used by Bin Laden, Zawahiri and Azzam in 1984 was none other than the Abedin’s benefactor, Abdullah Omar Naseef.
Naseef’s Rabita Trust, a subsidiary of the Muslim World League, is also connected to a U.S.-based group, called the SAAR Network, through two officers — Dr. Abdullah Omar Naseef and Abdullah al-Obaid. The SAAR Network was the focus of a March 2002 raid led by United States authorities for the network’s alleged ties to al Qaeda.
This brings us back to Huma Abedin. She lived in Saudi Arabia until she was 17, while her family worked closely with Naseef. Back in the U.S., she studied at George Washington University. Two years later she, along with Monica Lewinsky, became interns at the White House under Bill and Hillary Clinton. Monica served as Bill’s intern – until their sexual relationship got out of hand and onto her blue dress – and Huma served as Hillary’s intern. In 1998, as the Lewinsky sex scandal was raging, she along with other staff girls formed a sort of shield around the humiliated First Lady.
While she worked at the White House, Abedin was an editor at the family business—the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.
When Clinton ran for the Senate in 2000, Huma moved up the ladder to become her aide and personal adviser.
When the towers fell in 2001, Hillary Clinton was the Senator from New York. When the assets of the Rabita Trust were frozen and the group declared a terror funder, there was no point where Sen. Clinton’s assistant Huma Abedin stepped forward to shed light on her family’s benefactor Abdullah Omar Naseef, the Muslim World League, or the Rabita Trust.
Sen. Clinton and Huma Abedin betrayed every New Yorker and every America with their silence.
Also worth noting: from April 2005 to March 2006, Huma was paid a total of $27,999.92, yet on September 18, 2006, she bought an apartment in Washington D.C. costing $649,000.
The question here is, on an annual salary of no more than $28,000, where did the money come from? We’ve caught of the greatest spies due to their spending well beyond their salaries.
At the least, what to make of someone who has lived for 17 years in Saudi Arabia, with parents who have close, long-standing ties with people connected to terrorist organizations, and then comes to the U.S. and within two years gets a job as the First Lady’s assistant?
By 2008, she was Hillary’s traveling chief of staff and was always at Hillary’s side. In 2009, she was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. At this time, Huma had her name removed from the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs masthead.
In 2010, Huma married Congressman Anthony Weiner. In 2011, her husband was caught sexting — sending pictures of his erection to several women. He resigned from Congress that same year.
Huma’s luck seemed to know no end when Hillary Clinton personally signed off on a controversial deal in 2012 that allowed Huma to simultaneously work for the State Department and a private New York firm with deep ties to the Clinton family foundation. Mrs. Clinton personally signed a title change form that approved of the transition from being her Deputy Chief of Staff, to an SGE (special government employee), the equivalent of a contractor with special privileges. This allowed Huma to work for both the State department and for the Teneo Group. Some of you might remember the Teneo Group as a top consulting firm run by Bill Clinton gatekeeper Doug Band. Bill Clinton was also on the payroll of Teneo. From June 2012 to February 2013, she held four jobs. She was Hillary’s State Department aide, a consultant at Teneo Group, she worked and was paid a salary at the Clinton Foundation, and she worked as Hillary’s private personal assistant. Huma was triple-dipping.
There were several issues being investigated both internally by the State Department and Sen. Charles Grassley of the Senate Judiciary Committee for conflicts of interest and embezzlement. She filed inaccurate time sheets overpaying herself $10,000. Mr. Grassley has also questioned whether the deal with Abedin really met the requirements for a special government employee status. One of those requirements is that someone’s work as a contractor be different enough from the original job to warrant giving the person contractor status. Documents acquired by the Washington Times show that she told State officials that she planned to do the same kind of work as an SGE that she did as Deputy Chief of Staff.
She became part of Hillary’s transition team in 2013, helping her to return to private life. She continued her work at the Clinton Foundation and set up her own consulting firm, Zain Endeavors LLC.
On October 16, 2015, Abedin testified in a closed session before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, in a session that was expected to focus on the 2012 Benghazi attack during which Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. She said, “I came here today to be as helpful as I could be to the committee. I wanted to honor the service of those lost and injured in the Benghazi attacks,” adding she was “honored” to work for Clinton at State and “proud” of her service there. Representative Lynn Westmoreland, a Republican panel member, said Abedin frequently answered questions with responses of “‘I don’t remember’ and ‘I don’t recollect.'”
There is no doubt that she and Hillary have an extremely close relationship. She has been loyal and faithful to Hillary for twenty years. “I have one daughter. But if I had a second daughter, it would be Huma.” So spoke Hillary in 2010. She even visited with Huma’s mother Saleha in Saudi Arabia in 2011, telling her that Huma’s position was “very important and sensitive.” Saleha is reportedly an outspoken advocate for genital mutilation for girls in the Islamic world.
So how has the media dealt with Huma Abedin? In short, they haven’t. The family’s critics have been attacked and labeled as conspiracy theorists.
One exception to this was the February 2016 issue of Vanity Fair. Author William D Cohen’s story, titled “Is Huma Abedin Hillary Clinton’s Secret Weapon or Her Next Big Problem?” tackled some of the issues I have gone over in this piece. It was well written, informative, and controversial. The backlash was immediate.
Media Matters for America, Hillary Clinton’s private propaganda machine, went into overdrive, putting out a response to Cohen’s article that attacked his credibility and just about every fact he had raised in his piece. According to Lee Stranahan writing in Breitbart, the Media Matters article was filled with false information and smears to protect the Clinton campaign.
This isn’t some minor aide. Huma Abedin has been at Clinton’s side for decades, and it’s time America got some answers.
Listen to Roger Stone discuss Abedin and Clinton on Breitbart News Daily, airing weekdays from 6 AM to 9 AM EST on SiriusXM Patriot 125:
By Roger Stone
Hillary Clinton took to Twitter last Wednesday to call Trump University “a fraudulent scheme used to prey upon those who could least afford it.” This is what Jackie Mason would call Chutzpah, because the Clintons have a 'University scandal" of their own and it's magnitude dwarfs Trump U.
The Clinton Global Initiative joint venture with Laureate Education, a shaky for-profit chain of schools, to create CGI-University is the final step in an incredible predatory stock deal. Laureate Education deal used high-pressure boiler room tactics to rack up $750 million of debt on students while running a $457 Million debt at the same Bill Clinton was taking lavish but hidden compensation from Laureate while Hillary's State Department was lavishing $150 million on the chain of for profit schools that has a more than 50% graduation rate and a high drop-out rate. Forbes Magazine reported that Laureate “induces students to incur massive tuition debt to attend a school with no academic reputation and virtually no standards for admission other than the ability to pay.”
But, it's worse than that.
Laureate is a highly leveraged failing investment whose principal beneficiaries are Wall Street fat cats and billionaire Friends of Bill, and William Jefferson Clinton. The FOB still plan an lucrative IPO but nowhere is it disclosed what Bill Clinton is holding in terms of stock options.
In August 2007, Laureate Education went private in a very risky multibillion dollar hugely leveraged transaction. This was towards the tail end of the financial bubble. The leveraged buyout was completed later in August for around $3 billion in debt plus equity. Driving the deal was Hedge Fund King Steven Cohen. Other investors were George Soros, Henry Kravis of the Wall Street investment banking firm KKR and Paul Allen of Microsoft fame.
As I laid it out in the Daily Caller:
After the deal closed, the schools had great financial difficulties, and these capital suppliers grew concerned. Bill Clinton’s pals were feeling squeezed as a profitable exit seemed less and less likely.
To dress the deal up in 2010, Bill Clinton was brought in to serve as “Chancellor,” a part-time position for which he was collecting $16 million through early 2015. This extraordinary compensation was never properly disclosed until 2015. Many in on the deal also paid Bill and Hillary big fees for speeches as well. Bill Clinton was thus collecting from both Laureate equity and debt suppliers. The Laureate CEO, Doug Becker, is involved as a Clinton backer, Clinton Global Initiative and Clinton Foundation donor and involved in the International Youth Foundation, a recipient of favors and money from the Clinton-led Department of State.
Incredibly, in 2013 the International Finance Corporation announced a record setting $150 million investment in Laureate at a time when its financial condition was rocky at best. Clinton’s involvement sealed the deal. Then the Clinton Global Initiative and Clinton Foundation entered into a joint venture with Laureate to create CGI-University. Yet none of these related party disclosures are included in any of the Clinton Foundation or Clinton Global Initiative filings for relevant periods (starting in 2008 or so). New York State law requires specific approvals for an entity to hold itself out as being a university.
Laureate is actually the world's largest for- profit education chain. The Clinton's involvement started in 2009, just a few months after Hillary became Secretary of State. While planning a private dinner on education policy, she urged State Department officials to invite a representative from Laureate International Universities. In emails recently released from Hillary's server, she calls Laureate “the fastest growing college network in the world” and “...started by Doug Becker, who Bill likes a lot.” To underline her case she says, “It's a for-profit model that should be represented.” The key word is profit.
Another email shows that Laureate Senior Vice President Joseph Duffy (once the Rev. Joseph Duffy an anti-Vietnam war former Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate )and a long time FOB, was in attendance at the dinner. Apparently cut the deal. Weeks later Duffy announced Bill would be ' Honorary Chancellor . The payment for having the Clintons' work their magic was not disclosed. That is until July 2015 when Hillary's tax returns showed that between 2010 when Bill became pitchman and 2015 when he stepped down he was paid $16.5 million . Hillary now stepped up her involvement by making Laureate part of her State Department Global Partnership. In turn the Department poured millions of dollars into a nonprofit group called the International Youth Foundation .
Trouble was that the IYF is chaired by Doug Becker of Laureate.
A financial investigation by Bloomberg shows that prior to Bill and Hillary's involvement, the IYF received only 11 grants totaling $9 million, mostly from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Once the Clinton team went to work in 2010, the IYF received 14 grants worth $15.1 million. In 2011 they received 13 grants worth $14.6 million and in 2012 it jumped to 21 grants worth over $25.5 million. Then, as Hillary considered her presidential aspirations, Bill quietly stepped down.
Laureate turns out to be a Clinton Foundation donor to the tune of between $1 and $5 million through 2014. So let me get this right: The nonprofit IYF benefits from millions of dollars ($55 million) donated by the State Department. The IYF's sister group, the for-profit Laureate, both run by the same person, donate between $1 and $5 million back to the Clinton's via their foundation, and Bill Clinton walks away $16.5 million richer. Did I mention that Laureate spends $200 million a year on advertisement? During the time that Hillary was in charge of the State Department, Bill spoke at Laureate campuses in Honduras, Mexico City, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Malaysia, Brazil, Peru, and the United States. Do I see a pattern here? Are the Clintons paying themselves with State Department money?
The Laureate scam is classic Clinton manipulation. They’ve been doing it for years. Is it just a coincidence that Hillary’s State Department approved $165 billion in arms deals to nations who had previously given money to the Clinton Foundation? Is there a connection between a $200,000 payment made to Bill Clinton by Goldman Sachs in 2011 and the bank’s efforts to lobby the State Department ahead of legislation involving the Export-Import Bank which was set to provide a loan that would end up financing the purchase of millions of dollars in aircraft from a company partially owned by Goldman?
Federal Election Commission records show that Doug Becker is listed as a donor to Hillary Clinton's Senate re-election campaign and her first presidential campaign. (He should have plenty of money, what with all the loot he got from Hillary’s State Department). In further developments documents uncovered by Judicial Watch show Laureate Education paid Bill Clinton through a “shell corporation” which somehow passed State Department security while Hillary was in charge. Hmm, wonder how that happened? The shell corporation, WJC LLC was designed as a pass-through account to keep Bill's consulting fees off the books. In other words, the payments to Bill were never properly disclosed.
Laureate has an insatiable appetite for enrolling students, luring anyone to enroll through slick advertising featuring Bill Clinton praise and pictures. Bill help's real them in. I mean if a former president beckons you to enroll, then it must be worth it. Unfortunately, it doesn't work out that way. In fact in its July 12, 2015 issue, Forbes published a story showing how for-profit colleges encourage huge student debt. The biggest student borrowers can be found at Laureate Education's Walden University. Those students borrowed $756 million in 2014. Forbes also pointed out that Laureate “induces students to incur massive tuition debt to attend a school with no academic reputation and virtually no standards for admission other than the ability to pay.”
The most appalling thing is the way Hillary Clinton talks about how she's going to get “tough on federal aid that flows to those kinds of for-profit institutions, strengthening the “gainful employer rules” that require schools to prepare students for the workforce.” In a message she posted on http://www.medium.com/, she said, “There are students who take out loans to pay for an expensive degree from a for-profit institution, only to find little support once they actually enroll, or they graduate and discover that, when it comes to finding a job, their degree isn't worth what they thought.” This is the same Hillary Clinton that made the for-profit Laureate part of her State Department Global Partnership. The same Clinton whose husband raked in $16.5 million.
Donald Trump's University problems are a skin blemish compared to the Clinton's Laureate Leprosy.
Chic Gal pal? Saudi spy? Mild mannered politician’s wife? Foreign Spy? Terrorist plant? Innocent aide? Handler? Who is Huma Abedin besides the StoneZONE 2015 International Best Dressed Listee? Huma Abedin is vice chair of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign but Huma is more, much more than that. Why is it important? Because she is the person closest to the most powerful woman in American politics. Huma has been described variously as Hillary's “body woman”, a sort of glorified 'go to' personal maid, gentle confidant, and Islamic spy. She may be all of these things. Learn the startling facts in the Clintons' War on Women, the definitive expose on Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton and their closest associates.
Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
On December 9, 2015 when I endorsed Ted Cruz for President I said, “conservatives and Republicans are often not the same. However, they definitely have one thing in common: They desperately want to win the White House in 2016. For Democrats this election is important, but for Republicans and conservatives 2016 is not just crucial to the survival of this country and constitutional liberty – it is the ball game.”
In the seven months since I made that statement the picture has gotten bleaker than it was back then. I still think Ted Cruz is the best candidate conservatives had in the race, but he is unfortunately not the candidate who won a majority of the delegates – that distinction goes to Donald Trump – and it is to Trump that right-of-center voters will have to look if our country and constitutional liberty are to survive.
And make no mistake, this election is about the survival of the country that Donald Trump has promised to make great again. Obama, Hillary Clinton and their far-left allies have increased the tempo of their assaults on constitutional liberty and the external threats to our national security and domestic tranquility have grown ever greater.
Why then, in the face of the indisputable threats facing our country, would mature men and women who purport to be leaders of the Republican Party and the conservative movement do anything that strengthens Hillary Clinton, that gives her even one more vote?
I find it very strange that many of the same individuals who decry Donald Trump’s deviations from conservative orthodoxy were quick to try to explain away the Romney family’s support for Planned Parenthood and other decidedly anti-conservative organizations and institutions.
And I find it stranger still that many of the Republicans and alleged conservatives who huddle over their smartphones tweeting outrage over Trump’s kneecapping of his various primary opponents were on strict radio silence when Romney did much the same thing to Newt Gingrich.
If you are angry and think Trump can’t be trusted or that he won’t fulfill his promises I say grow up and get in the real world – no politician, including Ronald Reagan the greatest president of my life time, fulfills 100% of their campaign promises.
The question is not will Trump bat 1000? It is will Trump try to undo the damage eight years of Obama and a feckless GOP Congress have inflicted upon America? And the undoubted answer to that is YES.
And in this dangerous environment I can think of nothing that is more disrespectful of the dire situation facing our country than the idea lately propounded by Bill Kristol that some obscure writer for National Review has a legitimate claim to enter the presidential contest because Donald Trump is not a conservative – this is nothing more than a fraternity house prank, and a demeaning one at that.
For those who say they are #NeverTrump because “Donald Trump is not a conservative” on this and that issue I’m curious as to what version of conservatism they subscribe to – the George W. Bush version that says Islam is a religion of peace and led us into an apparently endless and inconclusive war in the Middle East, or the Donald Trump version that says defeat radical Islam wherever we find it?
Or maybe it is the Paul Ryan version of conservatism that says we should fund Obama’s extra-constitutional amnesty for illegal aliens, the Planned Parenthood Industry of Death and a grotesque list of crony government raids on the taxpayers for things like “green energy” and bailouts of Puerto Rico?
The fact of the matter is that when one examines the views of many of the Republican and allegedly conservative #NeverTrump holdouts they are a lot closer to Hillary Clinton and the rest of the DC elite than they are to the views of the millions of country class citizens who turned-out to support Donald Trump.
Many #NeverTrump adherents seem to reject even a conversation about the threat of radical Islam. They are all about the econometric model of open borders that is supported by both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and far-left racial interest groups, and they have no interest in cutting spending or limited government, because government power is how they enforce their elitist views on the rest of us.
If this is standing for conservative principles I must have missed a turn in the road between the day in 1961 when I was hired as Executive Secretary of Young Americans for Freedom and today’s debate over whether or not the congressional Republican leaders who presided over an 80%+ increase in a national debt that now stands at over $18 trillion should get their hands dirty by endorsing Donald Trump.
The news media and DC’s elite pundits like to dance around the facts with euphemisms like “spoiler,” but it is time for those Republicans and conservatives who say they are #NeverTrump to come clean and to look in the mirror and repeat this list:
I’m OK with Hillary Clinton appointing three or four Supreme Court Justices.
I’m OK with Hillary Clinton appointing hundreds of Federal Court Judges.
I’m OK with Hillary Clinton stripping me of my Second Amendment rights.
I’m OK with Hillary Clinton using the power of the IRS and other federal agencies to terminate my First Amendment rights and the First Amendment rights of other Conservatives.
I’m OK with Hillary Clinton expanding Obama’s open borders and unlimited immigration policies.
And, I’m OK with the Hillary Clinton deciding the outer limits of my freedom of conscience and whether or not I can worship God and raise my children as my conscience dictates.
I say to anyone who claims to be a #NeverTrump conservative, look in the mirror and read that list, and if this is you, then be honest and admit that you prefer Hillary Clinton in the White House and why. Then drop the charade and have the guts to defend your choice to advance Hillary Clinton’s campaign and take ownership of the destruction of liberty and constitutional government that her election will surely bring.