Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin announced her separation Monday from husband Anthony Weiner, the former congressman and New York City mayoral candidate embroiled in multiple sexting scandals.
Her statement came amid the revelation of a photo he had sent of himself online to a woman that this time featured his young son in the frame.
“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” Abedin said. “Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy.”
Abedin is a close and longtime confidante of Clinton and has been campaigning with the Democratic presidential nominee.
Abedin and Weiner wed in 2010 in a ceremony officiated by former President Bill Clinton. They have a 4-year-old son.
Weiner did not return requests for comment.
The Democrat resigned from Congress in 2011 after revelations of social media and phone relationships with multiple women. They emerged after he posted a sexually explicit photo to his public Twitter account that was intended as a private message to a woman.
Weiner’s 2013 bid for mayor was sunk by a second wave of scandal, also involving sexting.
Abedin’s announcement of the split came after the New York Post published a photo of Weiner in which his son could also be seen. The image was part of a flirtatious exchange with a woman in 2015, the Post said.
Weiner has since deleted his Twitter account.
Clinton’s Republican rival for the White House, Donald Trump, in a statement linked Abedin and Weiner’s separation to what he said is Clinton’s “bad judgment” and questioned Weiner’s access to the candidate and classified information.
“I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information,” Trump said. “Who knows what he learned and who he told?”
Weiner, who runs a political consulting business, has lost some of his media gigs in the wake of fresh scandal. A spokesperson for TV news station NY1, where he appeared as a commentator, said Weiner was placed on “indefinite leave.”
With Alison Fox