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Hillary Clinton, Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin connection: From sexting scandal to FBI email probe

Hillary Clinton has described her longtime aide Huma Abedin as the second daughter she never had - but Abedin's estranged husband is another matter

Published 29/10/2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

As if the alleged sexual misdeeds of her own other half weren’t scandal enough, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign now faces an eleventh-hour crisis thanks to the estranged husband of her closest aide.

Disgraced former New York congressman Anthony Weiner split from his wife, Clinton confidante Huma Abedin, in April. Now, however, he stands accused of sexting an underage girl – and the investigation has opened a new chapter in the long-running Clinton email saga.

In this July 14, 2016 file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
In this July 14, 2016 file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
This file photo taken on September 27, 2016 shows FBI Director James Comey as he testifies during a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP/Getty Images

FBI director James Comey revealed on Friday that the agency was reviewing a fresh batch of Clinton emails that “appear to be pertinent” to its probe of the former Secretary of State’s use of a private email server.

Those emails, Comey wrote, were uncovered “in connection with an unrelated case”. According to the New York Times, the case in question is the sexting case, which could land Weiner in the clink for up to 30 years if he is found guilty of sexual exploitation of children.

Weiner’s unsavoury online habits first became public knowledge in 2011, after he mistakenly tweeted a photograph of his bulging underwear, which he had intended to send to a 21-year-old college student. At the time, Abedin was five months pregnant.

He resigned from Congress, but decided to run for the New York mayoralty in 2013, only for his campaign to be derailed by revelations that he had continued to send lewd messages to strangers – under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger” – after the original controversy.

The couple separated this spring after the New York Post published a selfie sent by Weiner to another sexting partner, which displayed his semi-erect penis (albeit, once again, obscured by cloth) as he lay in bed beside their sleeping five-year-old son.

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The scandal took on an even darker hue last month, when the Daily Mail published an interview with a 15-year-old girl who claimed Weiner, now 52, had sent her explicit messages for months, including shirtless selfies, “rape fantasies” and requests that she undress for him on Skype.

The FBI reportedly seized a laptop belonging to Weiner and Abedin in relation to the allegations, which appears to be how they came across the new collection of Clinton-related emails. Abedin, who first worked for Clinton as an intern in 1996, is now the vice chair of her presidential campaign.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, to attend a rally. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives at Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, to attend a rally. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. AFP/Getty Images
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Raddison Hotel on October 28, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Trump is in a close race with opponent Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton rallies supporters in Philadelphia. (AP)

Clinton and Abedin are famously inseparable. A February 2016 Vanity Fair profile of Abedin, who is 40, suggested that “over the years, Abedin and Hillary have spent more time together than either has with her husband.”

Politico recently described Abedin as “Clinton’s external hard drive,” explaining: “When it comes to Clinton’s complicated web of relationships with donors, elected officials, union members and longtime supporters, Abedin is where all of that information is stored.”

She has even been talked about as a prospective chief of staff in a Clinton White House. Bill Clinton presided at her wedding to Weiner in 2010, with Hillary reportedly saying in a wedding toast: “I have one daughter. But if I had a second daughter, it would [be] Huma.”

Born in Michigan in 1976, Abedin spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, where her Pakistani mother and Indian father were academics. She returned to the US at 18 to study at George Washington University in Washington DC and began her White House internship a year later.

The relationship between Abedin and the former First Lady is a subject of fascination and suspicion for Republicans and the right-wing Internet. In 2012, GOP Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann suggested she might be a “sleeper” for the Muslim Brotherhood.

The laughable accusation was based in large part on the fact that Abedin’s late father had founded the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, an academic periodical about the Muslim diaspora, which her mother later edited and where Abedin worked part-time for several years.

Of all people, it was Republican Senator John McCain who rebutted Bachmann’s claims on the Senate floor, calling them “unwarranted and unfounded”, and describing Abedin as “an intelligent, upstanding, hard-working, and loyal servant of our country and our government.”

Even before news broke of the new Clinton email probe, GOP nominee Donald Trump and his allies were including Abedin and Weiner in their conspiracy theories. In August, Roger Stone, a sometime Trump adviser, referred to Abedin as a “Saudi asset”.

Trump, meanwhile, has previously tried to link Clinton to Weiner’s scandals, claiming in August that Clinton had been “careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information… It's just another example of Hillary Clinton's bad judgment."

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (R) speaks as Republican nominee Donald Trump looks on during the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speak during the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the third presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Former President Bill Clinton, right, speaks to his daughter Chelsea Clinton, left, before the third presidential debate at University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the third and final US presidential debate with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RichardsPAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens during the third and final US presidential debate with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RichardsPAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BeckROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the third and final US presidential debate with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RichardsPAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is seen speaking on a TV screen during the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SmialowskiBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves on arrive for the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Police officers stand outside the Thomas & Mack Center ahead of the third presidential debate between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: (L-R) Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump and Malania Trump arrive before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Melania Trump is greeted by Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Melania Trump arrives before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Melania Trump shakes hands with former presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa Trump wait for the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Ivanka Trump waits for the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Eric Trump speaks with his wife Lara Yunaska before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Melania Trump arrives before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Ivanka Trump waits for the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Melania Trump arrives before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Co-chairs for the Commission on Presidential Debates, Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. (R), and Michael D. McCurry (L) speak prior to the third and final US presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RichardsPAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images
Republican candidate for Vice President Mike Pence (R) and Melania Trump are seen before the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. Democrat Hillary Clinton and rival Donald Trump face off in their last presidential debate on October 19, with the Republican candidate spiraling downward amid allegations of sexual misconduct and wild charges of a "rigged" US election. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / joe raedleJOE RAEDLE/AFP/Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Guest and attendees wait for the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Guests and attendees wait for the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump adjusts the microphone during the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Fox News anchor and moderator Chris Wallace speaks to the guests and attendees during the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton speak to guests before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves to the crowd as she walks on the stage during the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd during the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
A television cameraman tests his equipment prior to showtime at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, where the final debate between US presidential nominees Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will be held October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL J. RICHARDSPAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (C) arrives before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Ted Danson and his wife Mary Steenburgen arrive prior to the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The Reverend Jesse Jackson arrives for the third and final US presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RichardsPAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Former NBA champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attends the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Republican candidate for Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen are seen before the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. Democrat Hillary Clinton and rival Donald Trump face off in their last presidential debate on October 19, with the Republican candidate spiraling downward amid allegations of sexual misconduct and wild charges of a "rigged" US election. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / joe raedleJOE RAEDLE/AFP/Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Former presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson speaks with Jesse Jackason before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Donna Brazile (R) confers with US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (L), D-Nevada, prior to the third and final US presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RichardsPAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Investor and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban arrives prior to the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Former presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson speaks with guests before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
US entertainer Wayne Newton and wife Kathleen McCrone attend the third and final US presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RichardsPAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the public arrive for the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. Democrat Hillary Clinton and rival Donald Trump face off in their last presidential debate on October 19, with the Republican candidate spiraling downward amid allegations of sexual misconduct and wild charges of a "rigged" US election. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / joe raedleJOE RAEDLE/AFP/Getty Images
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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (C) arrives before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Ted Danson and his wife Mary Steenburgen arrive prior to the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Former NBA champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attends the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Republican candidate for Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen are seen before the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. Democrat Hillary Clinton and rival Donald Trump face off in their last presidential debate on October 19, with the Republican candidate spiraling downward amid allegations of sexual misconduct and wild charges of a "rigged" US election. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / joe raedleJOE RAEDLE/AFP/Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Former presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson speaks with Jesse Jackason before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Donna Brazile (R) confers with US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (L), D-Nevada, prior to the third and final US presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RichardsPAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Investor and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban arrives prior to the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 19: Former presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson speaks with guests before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
US entertainer Wayne Newton and wife Kathleen McCrone attend the third and final US presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Paul J. RichardsPAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the public arrive for the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. Democrat Hillary Clinton and rival Donald Trump face off in their last presidential debate on October 19, with the Republican candidate spiraling downward amid allegations of sexual misconduct and wild charges of a "rigged" US election. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / joe raedleJOE RAEDLE/AFP/Getty Images

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