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Clinton's inner circle is now blaming Huma Abedin for the election

Huma Abedin has found herself at the center of a blame game over who lost Hillary Clinton the election, Vanity Fair reports. "[Abedin] was enjoying the red carpet and enjoying the photo spreads much too much in my opinion," one campaign insider reflected. "She enjoyed being a celebrity too much."

Abedin has spent most of her life as one of Clinton's closest aides and was largely blamed after new Clinton emails were discovered on her estranged husband Anthony Weiner's computer, prompting a fateful letter to Congress from FBI Director James Comey in late October. But Abedin is also being blamed by Clinton insiders for "reinforc[ing] all the bad habits" throughout the campaign. "Where in most presidential campaigns the circle grows broader and broader, [Clinton's] grew smaller and smaller," one insider source explained to Vanity Fair.

Abedin has been missing from most public appearances of Clinton's team since the election. Vanity Fair notes that she was spotted shopping in Lululemon on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan recently, but it isn't clear if she'll make an appearance at a donor party Clinton is throwing Thursday in Manhattan.

Yet despite Abedin's fate appearing to be intimately tied to Clinton's, another insider noted "she's someone that will be sought after either personally or through business from many rich, very rich connected people ... She'll do very well for herself."