Hillary Clinton got an election-eve assurance from President Barack that turned out to be historically fake news when he told her the election was in hand, the failed nominee writes in her new memoir.
The nation’s first black president gave a hug to the woman he believed would break another historical barrier and carry on his legacy during their last night campaigning together at a packed outdoor evening rally in Philadelphia.
‘You’ve got this. I’m so proud of you,’ Obama told her, Clinton writes in her new memoir, ‘What Happened.’
Just hours later, Obama was counseling Clinton to concede on election night, Clinton writes, in a portion of the book reported by CNN. He didn’t want her to drag out the angry and prolonged campaign.
IN THE BAG: According to Hillary Clinton’s new memoir, President Barack Obama told her on election ever, ‘You’ve got this’
Clinton ended up holding off and sending out her campaign chair John Podesta to address her shell-shocked election night crowd.
When she finally made the concession call to Trump, Clinton says it was ‘without a doubt one of the strangest moments of my life.’
‘I congratulated Trump and offered to do anything I could to make sure the transition was smooth,’ Clinton writes. ‘It was all perfectly nice and weirdly ordinary, like calling a neighbor to say you can’t make it to his barbecue. It was mercifully brief.’
Of her own emotional state at the time, she writes: ‘I was numb. It was all so shocking.’
On Election Day, Clinton decided to take a nap even as her husband was ‘chomping on an unlit cigar’ as returns came in.
Clinton writes about the shock of her loss in her new memoir. Here she walks the stage greeting the crowd with by her side (l-r), President Barack Obama, Chelsea Clinton, and former President Bill Clinton, after speaking at a GOTV Rally on Independence Mall on November 7, 2016 in Philadelphia
She might have gotten better advice from her husband, who told her ‘You might lose,’ according to an excerpt reported by the National Enquirer.
Clinton owns up to some errors, but also takes a dig at former Vice President Joe Biden for putting out a critique of her campaign.
‘Joe Biden said the Democratic Party in 2016 ‘did not talk about what it always stood for – and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class,” Clinton wrote. ‘I find this fairly remarkable, considering that Joe himself campaigned for me all over the Midwest and talked plenty about the middle class.’
Biden, 74, still gets mentioned on the long list of possible Democratic challengers in 2020.
THAT COULD’VE BEEN ME: Former US President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton on the platform before the swearing in ceremony for Donald Trump at the US Capitol January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC
‘I drank my share of chardonnay,’ Clinton writes in another passage in the book
Defeat threw Clinton into ‘pain and shock,’ according to the Enquirer excerpt. ‘Friends advised on me the power of Xanax and raved about their amazing therapists,’ she writes – without revealing whether she took the guidance.
She admits trying to drink away her troubles at times.
‘I drank my share of chardonnay. Taking a page from the pre-heart attack version of her husband, Clinton says she was ‘splurging on burgers and fries’ and ‘enjoying every bite.’
Clinton makes efforts to understand her loss, accepting some blame even while pointing the finger at others including rival Bernie Sanders and going after former FBI Director James Comey for ‘shivving’ her.
‘What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I’m really asking. I’m at a loss,’ she wonders in one conversational passage: ‘I think it’s partly because I’m a woman.’
She also delves into her marriage to Bill Clinton – following a campaign where Trump brought a host of former accusers from his past to a presidential debate.
She said her marriage has ‘many, many more happy days than sad or angry ones.’
‘I heard it again on the 2016 campaign … it’s just a marriage on paper now,’ Clinton writes. Then she cracks a joke in her multi-million memoir. ‘(He is reading this over my shoulder in our kitchen with our dogs underfoot and in a minute he will reorganize our bookshelves for the millionth time … but I don’t mind because he really loves to organize those bookshelves).’
Clinton also takes aim at Anthony Weiner in her new memoir, detailing how the disgraced politician’s relationship with a minor female derailed her campaign and left his estranged wife emotionally shattered after a search of his computer led to a new investigation into her private email server.
Bill Clinton told his wife ‘You might lose,’ Clinton writes
In a section of ‘What Happened’ that was obtained by Radar Online, Clinton reportedly reveals that Huma Abedin sobbed on her shoulder after learning that the FBI would be launching a new probe into the presidential hopeful’s emails less than two weeks before the election.
‘This man is going to be the death of me!’ a ‘stricken’ Abedin said to Clinton before ‘bursting into tears’ in front of her boss.
‘Anthony had already caused so much heartache, and now this,’ writes Clinton, who was cleared by the FBI two days before the election.
She goes on to reveal that she never once blamed Abedin for the incident, saying: ‘She had done nothing wrong and was an invaluable member of my team. I stuck by her the same way she has always stuck by me.’
Clinton makes that claim despite the fact that Abedin was immediately taken off the campaign trail after news of the investigation broke and kept away from her boss until Election Day.
Difficult time: Hillary Clinton reportedly reveals in her memoir that Huma Abedin broke down after emails found on husband Anthony Weiner’s computer led to FBI probe (Clinton and Abedin on October 28, 2016, the day they learned of the FBI probe)
Cursed: Anthony had already caused so much heartache, and now this,’ writes Clinton in ‘What Happened,’ which will be released next week
‘What Happened’ will hit bookshelves on September 12, and is Clinton’s seventh book.
It follows her 2014 release ‘Hard Choices,’ in which she detailed her time as Secretary of State under Barack Obama, who appointed her to the post just a few months after defeating her in the Democratic primary en route to his White House win.
That book debuted to underwhelming sales for published Simon & Schuster, who were reportedly unable to make back the $14 million advance they gave Clinton.
This latest memoir promises to be Clinton’s most candid as she details her failed campaign against millionaire businessman Donald Trump.
Clinton already said earlier this year that the second FBI probe into her email server cost her the presidency, stating: ‘If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president.’
Former FBI Director James Comey made the decision to reopen the bureau’s investigation into Clinton’s private server after agents discovered emails between the Democratic nominee for president and her top aide Abedin on Weiner’s computer.
The new probe was opened by the FBI on October 28, and two days later a warrant was obtained to look at emails sent from Abedin’s account that were found on her husband’s laptop.
In their request for a warrant, an FBI agent wrote that thousands of emails between Clinton and Abedin had been discovered on the computer.
At the time, investigators had yet to look at the content of those emails, but based on previous work in the case the agent wrote they had reason to suspect they might contain classified material, possibly including top-secret information that could cause ‘grave damage to national security’ if disclosed to the any member of the public.
The FBI initially launched a probe in Clinton’s email server after learning she had switched to a personal account for work correspondence soon after she was sworn in as Secretary of State back in 2009.
That domain was hosted on her own private email server and set up by her aide Bryan Pagliano, who asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when called testify about the server in front of a House committee one month after the FBI launched their probe in August of 2015.
Comey ultimately announced in July of 2016 that the FBI would not prosecute Clinton, a conclusion they again reached 10 days after the bureau launched its second probe and eight days after they were granted a warrant for Weiner’s computer.
All good: Clinton also claims she never blamed Abedin for the emails discovered on Weiner’s computer, despite immediately taking her off the campaign trail (Abedin above in 2013)
Weiner had his laptop and all other electronics seized as evidence by federal officials after DailyMail.com revealed in September of last year that he had been sexting a 15-year-old high school student from North Carolina for months.
Abedin officially filed for divorce from Weiner in May.
She submitted her papers on the same day he appeared in court to enter a plea of guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.
Weiner has agreed to accept any prison sentence of less than 27 months and register as a sex offender as part of his plea deal.
Prosecutors are recommending that Weiner serve a two-year sentence as part of the deal, with the charge carrying a maximum prison term of 10 years and maximum fine of $250,000.
He was released on bail and will be sentenced next month, four weeks after his 53rd birthday.
The high school student he corresponded with said the online relationship began in January of 2015 while she was a sophomore and lasted for several months.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders listen to singer Pharrell Williams during a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, on November 3, 2016
At one point during a Skype chat Weiner asked her to undress and touch herself according to the girl.
In another message, Weiner told the teen: ‘I would bust that tight p***y so hard and so often that you would leak and limp for a week.’
Weiner did not deny exchanging ‘flirtatious’ messages with the girl.
‘I have repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgement about the people I have communicated with online and the things I have sent,’ he told the DailyMail.com in a statement.
Clinton writes that she took a nap as the votes came in with the campaign over
‘I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt.
‘While I have provided the Daily Mail with information showing that I have likely been the subject of a hoax, I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position. I am sorry.’
Weiner, a Democrat, resigned from Congress in 2011 amid a previous sexting scandal.
He then made an attempt to run for mayor of New York City in 2013, but that too was derailed by a sexting scandal.
Stronger together: Abedin, 41, filed for divorce from Weiner, 53, in May, the same day he pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor(Abedin and Clinton in March)
Abedin meanwhile remains one of a handful of Clinton employees still on the payroll according to the forms submitted by the campaign to the Federal Election Commission filings.
The check she is receiving however has been decreasing over time however, with the aide being paid on the first and fifteenth of every month.
She was receiving a check for $4,929.58 twice a month in November and December, but that decreased to $4,764.69 for January, February and March.
In April, her checks were for $3,927.85 and this past May and June she has received $1,094.68 from the campaign.
It is unclear if this is her only payment from Clinton or if the former Secretary of State is paying her out-of-pocket in the wake of the election.