BREAKING: Tulsi Gabbard Files Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton
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On Wednesday morning, Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard revealed that she filed a defamation lawsuit against failed Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for claiming that Gabbard was a "Russian asset."
The announcement was made in a press release to Gabbard's campaign website, claiming that Clinton “deliberately and maliciously made false statements in an attempt to derail Rep. Gabbard’s campaign.”
The comments by Clinton were made during an interview on October 17, 2019 where she said, “somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary … [is a] favorite of the Russians… Yeah, she’s a Russian asset.”
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Gabbard’s press release notes that after Clinton’s comments, the media “extensively republished and disseminated these statements, which were interpreted widely as Clinton asserting that Gabbard is a Russian asset.”
In the lawsuit itself, Gabbards attorneys at Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP allege that Clinton possibly made the remarks “out of personal animus, political enmity, or fear of real change within a political party Clinton and her allies have long dominated.” They allege Clinton lied about Gabbard “publicly, unambiguously, and with obvious malicious intent” and that the claims have harmed Gabbard.
The lawsuit calls Clinton “a cutthroat politician by any account,” who held a grudge against Gabbard because the Hawaiian politician endorsed Clinton’s presidential rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), in 2016. Clinton went on to lose the election to President Donald Trump.
“Clinton had no basis for making her false assertions about Tulsi—and indeed, there is no factual basis for Clinton’s conspiracy theory. Clinton’s peddling of this theory has harmed Tulsi, has harmed American voters, and has harmed American democracy. Tulsi brings this lawsuit to ensure that the truth prevails and to ensure this country’s political elites are held accountable for intentionally trying to distort the truth in the midst of a critical Presidential election,” the lawsuit said.
This who ordeal started when Clinton made some alarming allegations to former President Barack Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe during an interview on his podcast.
"She’s the favorite of the Russians," Clinton claimed with no evidence. "They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far. And, that’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she’s also a Russian asset. Yeah, she’s a Russian asset."
The lawsuit also claims that the former First Lady “doubled down” on her false statements the very next day when her spokesman, Nick Merrill, said to CNN “If the nesting doll fits. This is not some outlandish claim. This is reality,” he added.
Gabbard’s lawyers accuse Clinton of deliberately derailing her campaign with false statements: “[m]illions of Americans heard (or read about) a well-known authority figure, Clinton, stating as fact that Tulsi was a ‘Russian asset’ and ‘the favorite of the Russians.’” The lawyers allege Clinton’s statements were “accepted as true by millions of Americans, including large numbers of voters in battleground Presidential primary states.”
The lawsuit continues by noting how Gabbard as well as other high profile figures reached out to Clinton to tell her to retract her statement. Instead of taking them back, Clinton doubled down and stood by them.
“Tulsi is not a Russian asset. No one—Russia or anyone else—controls her or her presidential campaign,” the lawsuit adds. “Instead, Tulsi is a loyal American servant, declaring her allegiance to the United States of America both as a soldier and as a member of Congress. She has been serving for over sixteen years in the United States Army National Guard and has voluntarily deployed twice to war zones in the Middle East.”
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