Among the trove of emails released from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state was this instruction to a trusted aide who needed to brief her on a matter that could not wait:
“Just knock on the door to the bedroom if it’s closed,” Mrs. Clinton wrote in November 2009 to Huma Abedin, then her deputy chief of staff.
Since she first interned for Mrs. Clinton as a 19-year-old George Washington University student, Ms. Abedin, now 40, has held a singular role as one of the former first lady’s most trusted, and most visible, confidantes. She travels with Mrs. Clinton to her presidential campaign events and fund-raisers, dispensing political advice and serving as a gatekeeper for donors, Democratic leaders and even supporters who want a selfie with the candidate.
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