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Huma Abedin Gets Warm Welcome at D.C. Women’s Party: ‘There Were No Red Eyes, Just Determination’

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Huma Abedin stepped back into the spotlight Thursday evening, hosting a fundraiser for longtime boss Hillary Clinton in Washington, D.C. alongside Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg.

Clinton’s top aide took a break from the campaign trail in the wake of Friday’s news that emails being scrutinized by the FBI in conjunction with the closed investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server were retrieved from estranged husband Anthony Weiner’s computer.

Abedin received a warm welcome from the crowd of Washington, D.C. power women in attendance — all gathered at the home of Connie Milstein, owner of Washington’s Jefferson Hotel. Tickets for the evening started at $1,000.

Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen was also at the event. She told PEOPLE “Huma was was welcomed by the crowd really enthusiastically.”

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Mark Robert Milan/GC Images; Ben Gabbe/Getty

As for recent attacks on Abedin, Rosen turned the attention toward Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“The Trump campaign and right-wing media are going after her as a surrogate for going after Hillary,” she said. “The crowd last night was really supportive of Huma.”

There was no hint of Abedin feeling “embattled” or “under siege,” as tabloid and right-wing headlines would have you believe, Rosen said. “There were no red eyes in the room,” she said. “Just determination.”

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Abedin, 40, has worked closely with the Democratic nominee for years, first serving under the then-first lady’s Chief of Staff Maggie Williams as a White House intern in 1996. Four years later, she became a backup aide and then advisor to Clinton during her bid for Senate. When Clinton became secretary of state in 2009, Abedin was her deputy chief of staff.

Hillary for America Chairman John Podesta told CNN on Sunday that Abedin is still serving in her same position on the campaign.

Abedin herself has not yet spoken publicly on the renewed email investigation. However, her attorney Karen Dunn released a statement on Monday, saying: “While the FBI has not contacted us about this, Ms. Abedin will continue to be, as she always has been, forthcoming and cooperative.”