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Close Clinton adviser goes off on Huma Abedin: ‘I’m just pissed off’

Huma Abedin, aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, looks on during a news conference at the New Yorker Hotel in New York City on Nov. 9. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

It looks like Huma Abedin, the longtime senior aide to Hillary Clinton, is the next scapegoat for the Democratic presidential candidate's loss last month.

A close adviser to Clinton slammed Abedin in a stunning report from Vanity Fair released Wednesday morning, saying he "doesn't give a s**t about what happens" to disgraced Rep. Anthony Weiner's estranged wife.

The insider, who spoke to the magazine on condition of anonymity, said he is "pissed off" at the way in which Abedin, who has been by Clinton's side for more than two decades, carried herself on the campaign trial.

"She was enjoying the red carpet and enjoying the photo spreads much too much in my opinion," he said. "She enjoyed being a celebrity too much."

And the unnamed source suggested Abedin's behavior negatively impacted Clinton:

The close Clinton adviser elaborated that Abedin and the other tight-knit circle of people may have suffocated Clinton, preventing the campaign from taking in outside counsel.

For instance, the suggestion had been made that Clinton should show her gregarious side, by, for instance, appearing more often on "The View." (She appeared once, but Bernie Sanders, her rival for the nomination, appeared a handful of times.)

According to this person, however, the inner circle nixed that idea. It seemed, this person elaborated, that even minor suggestions about changing the narrative fell on deaf ears.

The insider went on to tell Vanity Fair's William Cohen that the "real anger" stemmed from Clinton's inner circle. "They reinforced all the bad habits," he said.

Cohen wrote that this particular adviser was most frustrated by Abedin's "seemingly superfluous breach of decorum" during Clinton's post-election concession speech at the New Yorker Hotel in New York City on Nov. 9:

On the day after Hillary Clinton’s stunning loss to Donald Trump, this person said, Abedin appeared within the rope line while Clinton greeted her morose and woebegone supporters. “You’re staff, O.K.?” this adviser continued. “Staff is staff. You’re not a principal.”

Though the source expressed obvious anger toward Abedin, whom one former advisor to ex-President Bill Clinton described as "a mini Hillary," he also conveyed confidence about her future, though he did acknowledge that she will have to work to expand her résumé beyond "Clinton’s ascendancy."

"She’s someone that will be sought after either personally or through business from many rich, very rich connected people," he said, adding, "She’ll do very well for herself."

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