Huma's last hurrah? Embattled aide hosts Clinton fundraiser with fashion icons Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg as her career (and freedom) hang in the balance thanks to FBI's private email server investigation
- Huma Abedin, Clinton's most beloved adviser, held a glitzy fundraiser with the fashion heroines Thursday
- She carried a '#ImWithHer' handbag - perhaps a message to Clinton, who dropped her from campaign jet
- Last week the FBI found emails from Abedin to Clinton's private server and reopened their investigation
- That's when she was jettisoned from the Clinton campaign jet and left grounded in the New York HQ
- Abedin could face 5-10 years in prison, depending on the findings of the reopened FBI probe
- Clinton's friends and advisers have said she should be dropped even if she wins the election
- Abedin has not yet been charged with or accused of a crime
Hillary Clinton might be keeping Huma Abedin at a distance these days, but the Democratic nominee's longtime aide made it clear that she still had her boss's back Thursday night as she hosted her final fundraiser of the campaign.
Abedin - who has been off the campaign trail since the FBI revealed last week that they were investigating previously unseen emails sent from her account to Clinton while she was using a private server - was one of the three hosts who oversaw the Washington DC soiree while Clinton was off in North Carolina making one final push in hopes of securing a victory in the swing state.
She arrived at the event carrying a sparkling, custom '#ImWithHer' handbag by Edie Parker, and was immediately greeted by her two high-profile co-hosts outside the event - designer Diane Von Furstenberg and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who was also celebrating her birthday.
The trio of A-list Democrats brought a sense of glamour to the exclusive shindig, held in the private residence of lawyer and philanthropist Constance Milstein and her husband, Count Jean-Christophe de La Haye Saint Hilaire.
Tickets for the evening started at $1,000 and went up to $10,000, with visitors who contributed or raised over $5,000 being offered a selfie with Abedin - which might well become a collector's item if she leaves Clinton's side post-election.
That's a real possibility, insiders say, as Clinton is feeling pressure to drop Abedin even if she wins the presidency - especially as Abedin could face 5 to 10 years in prison, depending on the results of the FBI investigation.
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House party: Huma Abedin is greeted by attorney and philanthropist Constance Milstein, whose home was the setting for an exclusive Clinton Fundraiser Thursday night. Abedin has been off Clinton's campaign jet since last Friday's FBI bombshell
Host with the most: Abedin (holding hands with Milstein) was hosting the event alongside Vogue editor Anna Wintour (center, top) and fashion designer Anna Wintour (right of Wintour). Clinton was reportedly told to keep Abedin at arm's length
Allies: Wintour and Furstenberg are both long-time allies of Clinton, and have worked on her fundraisers before. On Friday October 28, the FBI announced it was reopening the Clinton server probe after emails were found on Huma's husband's PC
Hello, goodbye: Huma was welcomed into the event by Wintour and Furstenberg (left) while carrying an 'I'm With Her' bag - perhaps a message to her boss - but departed after the party with what appeared to be a look of concern on her face (right)
Homeward bound: Huma headed home after a night of selfies with high-paying guests, looking a little worried. Abedin could face 5-10 years if the investigation indicates a criminal act, though the FBI hasn't indicated an interest in pressing charges
Grand exit: Huma she was soon wearing her familiar smile as she stepped down to her car with Clinton's press secretary Nick Merrill (whose head was obsured) following close behind. The emails found on Friday were believed to be different from the ones examined in the FBI's initial probe into Clinton's private email server earlier this year
Abedin was seen being greeted at the door of the Milstein mansion by Wintour and Furstenberg, wearing a simple-but-elegant brown dress offset by large, tasseled gold earrings and a stone-studded necklace.
Milstein also showed off her unique fashion flair in a $1,500 dress designed by John Galliano for Maison Margiela, which she chose to wear backwards for the night.
And Wintour chose the special occasion to debut the newest edition to her legendary coat collection, showing up to the event in a look from her go-to designer Miuccia Prada's Fall 2016 line just as it was released in stores. It retails for over $3,000, and is only sold in select locations.
None of the women made the decision to wear a look from Von Furstenberg's eponymous line, which was a bit of a surprise as when a designer hosts an event one if not all of their fellow co-hosts tend to wear one of their designs for the evening.
Abedin also carried her custom '#ImWithHer' Edie Parker handbag, which retails for over $2,000 - a small price to pay to show her loyalty to the possible next President of the USA.
She rushed inside after being dropped off by her car and disappeared behind the black front door to mingle with guests, who paid between $500 and $10,000 for tickets.
The glamorous political adviser, who has become a celebrity in her own right as a result of her time with Clinton, also posed for photos with some of the guests - a treat afforded to those who paid more than $5,000 for their ticket.
She was later seen leaving the building and being ushered into a black car.
From there, she no doubt returned to New York - with the presidential election less than a week away, she still had much to do.
However, she'll be doing it at arm's length from Clinton, due to the circumstances surrounding the renewed FBI investigation.
Driven ambition: Huma is seen heading home with her sister Heba, who she took as her guest to the event. But Clinton's friends and advisers have been telling her she should drop Abedin if she becomes president, because the investigation will continue for weeks
Fly away home: Huma heads off, presumably for her flight back to New York. With just days to go before the election, she'll be needed back in the campaign's New York headquarters as soon as possible
Home time: Furstenberg (left) and Wintour (right) left the event after a hard night's hosting
Lots of money: The Milstein family has made billions in real estate over the years - hence their impressive, palatial home (pictured earlier Thursday)
Since the FBI announced on October 28 it was reopening the Clinton private server investigation due to newly discovered emails apparently sent between Abedin and the server, the aide has been off the Clinton campaign plane.
The mother-of-one has still been hard at work providing support from the Clinton HQ in Brooklyn.
But several of Clinton's friends and allies have advised the candidate to drop her most trusted aide, The New York Times reported - and senior Democrats have said she should not be allowed to stay on staff even if Clinton takes the White house.
That's because the investigation, which sprang from emails found on a laptop belonging to Abedin's estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, will continue for weeks - well into the next presidency.
The renewed FBI probe is especially dangerous to Abedin because she could face charges for not handing it over in the initial investigation - with a maximum sentence of five years in prison - or of leaking classified documents on an unsecure system, which has a maximum ten year sentence.
Abedin has been with Clinton since the mid-1990s, when she was just 19, and the presidential candidate regards her as a surrogate daughter - so she stands a good chance of keeping her job.
The FBI has also not charged her with a crime, or suggested that they intend to, so prison seems a remote possibility at present.
Arrivals: A guest arrives for the Clinton fundraiser. Tickets cost between $500 and $10,000, and anyone paying more than $5,000 was given a photo opportunity with a host
Guests to impress: Advertising consultant Alexis Pugh (above) and her construction executive husband James were reveled to be one of the 20 of all-time biggest donors to Clinton's campaigns over the past 16 years in a story last November
Mommy duties: Huma Abedin dropped son Jordan off at school before picking up new clothes for the event, where she needed to compete with Wintour and Furstenberg (right)
Abedin was spotted on Thursday morning diverting from her usual routine to go shopping in style.
Every day this week she's been spotted taking her son Jordan, 4, to school before heading over to Clinton's Brooklyn HQ to oversee the campaign from a distance.
Today, though, she switched things up and instead chose to head uptown to a spot just one block away from Trump Tower - Bergdorf Goodman
The New York City landmark is a favorite of Abedin and her boss, who are both clients at the store's John Barrett Salon.
Abedin, who wore a brown cashmere sweater tucked into an Alice & Olivia embroidered skirt along with some black flats and oversized sunglasses, spent less than an hour inside the high-end department store before she then made the trek to Brooklyn for some campaign work.
All lined up: Guests wait outside Milstein's home. The FBI says it found emails apparently sent between Clinton's private server and Huma Abedin on Abedin's husband's laptop
Hard work: Constance's grandfather Morris emigrated from Russia to New York as a young man and worked as a carpenter before founding the Circle Floor Company
From there Abedin took the train down to Washington DC for the fundraiser in Milstein's Georgetown mansion.
All money raised from the event will benefit the Hillary Victory Fund.
And those guests who contribute or raise over $5,000 not only get to be in the same room as Hillary's most trusted adviser, but can also snap a selfie with her.
Abedin and Wintour, who has been one of Hillary's most vocal and loyal supporters during this election, previously hosted the Made for History Fashion Show back in September to raise money for the Hillary Victory Fund.
Von Furstenberg was involved with the event as well as one of the 15 New York-based designers who created looks for the show, which served as the unofficial opening of New York Fashion Week.
A front row seat to that event cost $2,700, and guests also got to enjoy a speech from Chelsea and a musical performance from Demi Lovato in addition to the runway show.
Busy bees: Preparations (pictured) for the event took all day
Pricey: Tickets to the reception range in price from $1,000 to $10,000 (food preparation above)
Not having it: An angry driver yells at workers as preparations are underway in DC
The fundraiser on is being held at the home of Clinton supporter Constance Milstein.
Constance's grandfather Morris emigrated from Russia to New York as a young man and worked as a carpenter before founding the Circle Floor Company.
The family business grew further when Morris' two children, Paul and Seymour, began taking on large construction and real estate projects, and in 2014 Forbes valued the family's fortune at $3 billion.
Constance is one of Seymour's two children.
After the fundraiser on Thursday Abedin will likely head back to New York, with less than a week until the election.
Warrior mom: This is the the fourth straight day that Huma has taken Jordan to school
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Safety first: Abedin was seen getting son Jordan out of his car seat before school on Thursday
Retail therapy: The 40-year-old Hillary Clinton aide then stopped by Bergdorf Goodman for some shopping, spending less than an hour in the store
Abedin had been getting help while she was on the campaign trail from her husband Anthony Weiner, but that all changed when she announced the two were separating in August.
The 40-year-old Clinton aide is now getting support from her sister Heba and mother Saleha since she revealed that she and her husband of six years were getting a divorce.
Smile: Guests who pay $5,000 or more get a selfie with Abedin
Weiner's mother Frances is also lending a hand during this difficult time as well, and was photographed picking Jordan up from school on Tuesday.
Weiner meanwhile has not been seen in almost six weeks, ever since DailyMail.com broke the news that he had been sending lewd messages to a 15-year-old high school student.
DailyMail.com revealed Wednesday afternoon that Weiner had checked into a rehab facility for sex addiction.
The FBI announced last week that they would be looking into thousands of emails they found on the computer of Weiner last month.
That could cause major problems for Abedin and even possibly lead to jail time as she was ordered by the FBI to hand over all devices containing any of her email correspondence.
Abedin has reportedly claimed that she never used the laptop in question.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the device contained as many as 650,000 emails, some of which pertained to the investigation of Clinton's email scandal.
If Abedin is found to have lied she could face up to five years in jail.
And even though she is off the campaign trail, Abedin has been spending plenty of time in Clinton's campaign office, which is located in Brooklyn.
She was spotted arriving to work there on both Sunday and Monday this week. Later on Monday she also got the chance to take Jordan trick-or-treating in Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Jordan has been spending time with his mother and her family along with his paternal grandparents ever since authorities began investigating Weiner for sending another woman lewd messages and photos earlier this year, including some while Jordan was in the bed with him.
Favorite hang: Abedin and her boss are both fans of Bergdorf Goodman and clients at the John Barrett Salon, which is located inside the department store (leaving Bergdorf Goodman earlier this year, above)
'Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life,' Abedin said in the statement announcing her divorce.
Weiner confirmed in early September that child welfare authorities were looking into him.
He is now also under investigation in two states for sexting the unnamed 15-year-old.
Authorities in New York and North Carolina launched an investigation on the disgraced congressman.
The 15-year-old said the online relationship began last January while she was a high school sophomore and lasted for several months.
At one point during a Skype chat Weiner asked her to undress and touch herself, the girl said.
In one message, Weiner told the teen: 'I would bust that tight p***y so hard and so often that you would leak and limp for a week.'
Weiner did not deny exchanging 'flirtatious' messages with the girl.
'I have repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgement about the people I have communicated with online and the things I have sent,' he told the DailyMail.com in a statement.
'I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt.
'While I have provided the Daily Mail with information showing that I have likely been the subject of a hoax, I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position. I am sorry.'
Weiner, a Democrat, resigned from Congress in 2011 amid a previous sexting scandal.
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