Legal battle

Longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin fights back against “unfounded allegations”

Hillary Clinton (R) and Huma Abedin in 2011. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

An attorney for Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s most trusted senior advisers, is fighting back on her behalf against a Republican senator over what was described in a letter as “unfounded allegations.” Abedin’s attorney sent a letter to the State Department accusing Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, of sullying her reputation. The letter is in response to Grassley probing whether Abedin was overpaid during her time working at the State Department as a “special government employee” under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Grassley has suggested that Abedin was overpaid during maternity leave, and given too much vacation time. He’s also accused her of a conflict of interest. In the letter to the State Department, Abedin’s lawyer wrote, “We are deeply concerned that Chairman Grassley’s letter has unfairly tarnished Ms. Abedin’s reputation by making unsubstantiated allegations that appear to flow from misinformation that Chairman Grassley has been provided by an unnamed — and apparently unreliable — source.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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