The Democratic presidential nominee gave her concession speech Wednesday morning from New Yorker Hotel’s Grand Ballroom after losing the race to President-Elect Donald Trump with her top aide in the audience.
According to USA Today, Abedin got a standing ovation when she came into the room prior to Clinton’s speech. However, she and campaign manager John Podesta were not mentioned.
Abedin quietly stepped away from the campaign trail for about a week in the wake of 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.
However, she returned to Clinton’s side after FBI Director James Comey announced that nothing found on the laptop changed his July conclusion that Clinton had not intentionally mishandled classified emails. She even appeared in the Clinton campaign’s attempt at the Mannequin Challenge alongside former President Bill Clinton and Jon Bon Jovi.
An attorney for Abedin claimed that her client did not know that her emails were on a computer that belonged to her estranged husband.
“From the beginning, Ms. Abedin has complied fully and voluntarily with State Department and law enforcement requests, including sitting for hours-long interviews and providing her work-related and potentially work-related documents,” Abedin’s attorney Karen Dunn said in a statement.
The 40-year-old aide 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, Abedin 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.