On Wednesday, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) filed a defamation lawsuit against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Rep. Gabbard’s campaign revealed that she had “filed a defamation lawsuit against Hillary Rodham Clinton” over “deliberately and maliciously made false statements in an attempt to derail Rep. Gabbard’s campaign, by alleging that Gabbard is a ‘Russian asset.’”
Rep. Gabbard’s campaign also released a complaint that says: “Tulsi Gabbard is running for President of the United States, a position Clinton has long coveted, but has not been able to attain.”
The complaint continued: “In October 2019—whether out of personal animus, political enmity, or fear of real change within a political party Clinton and her allies have long dominated—Clinton lied about her perceived rival Tulsi Gabbard. She did so publicly, unambiguously, and with obvious malicious intent. Tulsi has been harmed by Clinton’s lies—and American democracy has suffered as well. With this action, Tulsi seeks to hold Clinton, and the political elites who enable her, accountable for distorting the truth in the middle of a critical Presidential election.”
In an October podcast, Hillary Clinton said she believed Republicans were “grooming” a Democratic candidate, clearly referring to Tulsi Gabbard, and that candidate was a favorite of the Russians.
“I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who’s currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said. “She’s the favorite of the Russians, they have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”