Fmr. Clinton aide Huma Abedin raked for not naming U.S. senator she claims sexually assaulted her

Huma Abedin, a former aide to then-senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, claims in a new book that she was sexually assaulted in the mid-2000s by a U.S. senator but does not name him, provoking criticism from social media users who speculated that is because he isn’t a Republican.

According to The Guardian, which received an advance copy of the book, Abedin, ex-wife of disgraced former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, a New York Democrat convicted of having illicit contact with a 15-year-old girl online, claimed the incident took place around 2005 following a Washington, D.C., dinner that was attended by a number of senators.

“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. Once inside, he told me to make myself comfortable on the couch,” Abedin writes in “Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds.”

She went on to say that the unnamed senator took off his coat and began making coffee as both of them continued talking.

“Then, in an instant, it all changed. 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,” says the book.

“I was so utterly shocked, I pushed him away. All I wanted was for the last 10 seconds to be erased,” she added.

She went on to write that the senator in question appeared to be surprised by her rejection, apologizing to her and saying he “misread” her “all this time.” Abedin said she began to think about how to leave his office “without this ending badly” as he asked if she wanted to stay.

“Then I said something only the twentysomething version of me would have come up with – ‘I am so sorry’ – and walked out, trying to appear as nonchalant as possible,” she writes, according to The Guardian.

She went on to say that she kept her distance from the senator “for a few days” before running into him on Capitol Hill, nodding ‘yes’ when he inquired as to whether they could remain friends. Shortly afterward, Clinton joined them, prompting Abedin to write, “as if she knew I needed rescuing even though I’d told her nothing about that night.”

Abedin when on to write she essentially buried the incident in her mind but it was triggered again during the contentious nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court by then-President Donald Trump. Kavanaugh was accused by Prof. Christine Blasey Ford of sexually assaulting her at a party when both of them were young, allegations that were never proven and were discounted during a subsequent FBI inquiry.

But Abedin’s refusal to name the offensive senator led many social media users to speculate online that is because he was a Democrat. (** Language warning)

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