Abedin, a devout Muslim, and Weiner, who is Jewish, were married by Bill Clinton in Huntington, New York in July 2010.Hillary had hosted an engagement party for them at her Washington home - the ultimate power couple seemed to be endorsing a new generation's Democratic power couple.
In May 2011 a picture of the bulging crotch of a man appeared on his Twitter account; Weiner's response was to lie that he had been hacked.
A week later, he cried as he apologized for lying, and admitted he had had several inappropriate relationships with women online.
But he would not resign - and his wife was standing by him.
The next week yet more selfies emerged; this time he resigned, apologized to his wife - now revealed to be pregnant - and claimed he was seeking treatment for his problems.
Their marriage was increasingly like the Clintons', a cycle of sexual scandal on his part followed by loyalty on hers.
By 2015 it was Abedin who was the couple's leading figure, with her place at the side of the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, profiles in magazines, and a guarantee of a place in a second Clinton White House.In the online messages, Weiner, 51, sent bare-chested photos of himself to the underage girl, repeatedly called her 'baby' and complimented her body, and told her that he woke up 'hard' after thinking about her, according to copies of the not deny exchanging 'flirtatious' messages with the teen.He declined to comment on the specifics of the allegations on the record, but provided copies of two emails the girl sent him that he contends raised questions about her claims. The FBI had long since said that Clinton - and by extension Abedin - would not be prosecuted for their handling of classified information on the secret email server when an entirely different investigation was launched, this time into the sexting.Abedin has been Hillary Clinton's longest-serving aide, starting in the White House as an intern, not long after Monica Lewinsky was an intern too.She has endured years of the Clintons' psychodramas, been at Hillary's side in the turbulent aftermath of the Lewinsky affair, and clearly knows everything about the Democratic candidate for the White House that there is to know.This time Weiner was T-Dog - and an avid user of the sort of instant messaging technology which does not leave a trail.