It’s a real headache,” one top Hillary Clinton adviser told me earlier this week, referring to the recent discovery of potentially classified e-mails on a computer shared by Huma Abedin and her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner. The e-mails, disclosed in a letter written to Congress by F.B.I. director James Comey, have set off a veritable monsoon of anxiety, potentially preventing the Clinton campaign from entering the four-corners stage of its campaign while subsequently breathing some new life into Donald Trump’s once moribund operation.
Within Clintonworld, of course, the issue is even trickier since it involves Abedin, a beloved aide who has literally been by Clinton’s side for the past 20 years, from her stint as a White House intern during Bill Clinton’s administration, at age 19, through Clinton’s tenures as a U.S. senator and as secretary of state. Abedin is now vice-chairman of Clinton’s presidential campaign. “This is not about Huma’s e-mails,” a surrogate told me. “It’s about the e-mails generally. There’s a lot of things that got us to this point. But if Weiner hadn’t taken pictures of his weiner, we wouldn’t be in this thing.”