TODAY   |  July 24, 2013

Huma Abedin stands by husband Anthony Weiner

Former congressman Anthony Weiner is making headlines again for sending explicit messages, and his wife, Huma Abedin, has spoken out in his defense. NBC’s Tamron Hall reports.

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>> but first, new sexting allegations with anthony weiner but his wife spoke out in his defense.

>> yeah guys, huma abedin has been on the campaign trail as her husband tries to make the political come back in the new york mayoral race. she has faced the media to say she is standing by her man. she was candid about the impact that inappropriate messages and pictures sent by her husband has had on their marriage.

>> it took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy to forgive anthony.

>> she has been a top advisor to hilary clinton . there's painful parallels in their personal lives as hilary clinton endured what may be the most well-known sex scandal of all time.

>> i did not have sexual relations with that woman.

>> but he had and it lead to im impeachment hearings that nearly derailed the clinton administration . through it all, hilary stood by her husband. other political spouses made the same choice in 2007 when the louisiana senator held a press conference to address a prostitution scandal . his wife was right there and even spoke.

>> to forgive is not always the easy choice. but it was and is the right choice for me.

>> reporter: we have seen similar imagines when other political couples were confronted with headlines from gary hart to jim mcgreevy .

>> but it was different in 2009 when mark samford said he was going to hike the appalachian trail but turned up in argentina with his mistres.

>> i've been unfaithful to my wife.

>> he was alone too when his scandal broke two years ago.

>> i'm announcing my resignation from congress. but this time abedin was there.

>> anthony made horrible mistakes both before he re-signed from congress and after but i do very strongly believe that is between us and our marriage. so what i want to say is i love him. i have forgiven him. i believe in him.

>>> so his wife is obviously giving him a second chance. we'll have to see whether or not the voters of new york city will do the same this fall.