Donald Trump reached across party lines over the weekend to thank an unlikely figure at a campaign rally in Las Vegas — disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner.
Following the news that the FBI would be investigating Hillary Clinton’s private email server, Trump said “thank you” to Weiner.
“To cover up her crimes, she bleached and deleted 33,000 e-mails after receiving a congressional subpoena,” Trump said on Saturday. “But I have a feeling they’ve just found a lot of them, don’t you think? Have a feeling. Huma. They just found a lot of them. We never thought we were going to say thank you to Anthony Weiner.”
The FBI launched an investigation into Weiner for alleged sex offenses against a minor. When agents confiscated his laptop, they reportedly discovered 650,000 emails. It is unclear how the emails relate to the Hillary Clinton email server investigation.
Abedin is now off the campaign trail where she had been at Clinton’s side since the beginning of the race. She stayed in her Manhattan apartment over the weekend.
The stakes couldn't be higher for Clinton and Abedin because she was supposed to have turned over to federal investigators all electronic devices containing state department emails.
Abedin stood by Weiner’s side during the scandal that derailed his bid for mayor of New York City in 2013. At the time, Trump released a video in which he said of Weiner: "We don't want perverts elected in New York City."
Abedin is the vice chairwoman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign for president and prior to that served as her deputy chief of staff when she was the secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
She is the closest, longest-serving adviser to the secretary, having been with her for two decades. In August, she separated from Weiner following the news that he was sexting with a minor
The latest polls show Clinton with a small lead — a reversal from the double digit lead he held last week.
In a CNN poll, she is leading 47 percent over his 42 percent of the vote.
An ABC News / Washington Post poll was much closer, showing Clinton at 46 percent over Trump’s 45 percent.