Donald Trump ally Roger Stone on Monday accused Huma Abedin, an aide to Hillary Clinton, of potentially being a “terrorist agent.”
Stone’s incendiary remarks came as Trump himself lashed out at Clinton, bashing her as “weak” on terrorism following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Officials are investigating the massacre at the Pulse nightclub for international terrorism ties but have so far labeled the attack a case of domestic terrorism.
“Now that Islamic terrorism is going to be front and center, there’s going to be a new focus on whether this administration, the administration of Hillary Clinton at State, was permeated at the highest levels by Saudi intelligence and others who are not loyal Americans,” Stone said Monday on the “Breitbart News Daily” satellite radio show.
“I speak specifically of Huma Abedin,” Stone continued, referring to the longtime aide who worked with Clinton when she served as secretary of State and went on to launch her 2016 White House bid.
“She has very troubling ties to a man who was directly tied to funding terrorism, Abdullah Omar Nasseef,” Stone continued, referring to a professor at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
“It’s not just Huma, it’s her mother and her father who are hardcore Islamic ideologues,” Stone said, adding, “We have to ask: Do we have a Saudi spy in our midst? Do we have a terrorist agent?”
Abedin has long been the subject of attacks from some Republican officials.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) came to her defense in 2012 after then-Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other House GOP lawmakers accused her of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood.
“When anyone, not least a member of Congress, launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation, and we all grow poorer because of it,” McCain said then from the Senate floor.
“These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit. And they need to stop now,” added McCain, who called Abedin a friend.
Those House Republicans later doubled down on their charges.
Clinton herself, then serving as secretary of State in the Obama administration, slammed the House Republicans, saying there was “no place in our politics” for the “assaults.”
But the aide has been of continued focus for Republicans. Trump earlier this month accused Abedin of sharing sensitive information with her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).
Last December, Abedin blasted Trump for advocating “Islamophobia” following his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States after the terrorist attacks in Paris.
“His Islamophobia doesn’t reflect our nation’s values — it goes far enough to damage our country’s reputation and could even threaten our national security,” Abedin, a Muslim, said at the time.
Stone signaled on Monday that will continue going after Abedin, mentioning plans for an article to explore his claims.
His latest remarks were highlighted by Right Wing Watch.