Tulsi Gabbard, a democrat from Hawaii who is running for the democratic nomination for president, has accused Hillary Clinton of defamation. She wants $50 million for being labeled a “Russian asset” by the scandal-plagued former candidate.
On Wednesday, Gabbard filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
The suit was spurred by an October podcast Clinton delivered, hosted by David Plouffe who was President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign manager.
In it Clinton claimed the Russians were “grooming” a third-party candidate. Althoughs she did not specifically name the ‘candidate,’ it is clear that she is referring to Gabbard:
They’re also going to do third-party. 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…
[Russia] has a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting [Gabbard] so far. That’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she is also a Russian asset.
They know they can’t win without a third-party candidate, and so I do not know who it’s going to be, but I can guarantee you they will have a vigorous third-party challenge in the key states that they most need it.
In response, Gabbard has sued the democratic has-been.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, accuses Clinton of having “smeared” Gabbard’s “political and personal reputation.”
“Gabbard, a U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, asserts in her complaint that Clinton deliberately and maliciously made false statements in an attempt to derail Rep. Gabbard’s campaign, by alleging that Gabbard is a ‘Russian asset,’” a statement via Gabbard’s campaign reads.
“Tulsi Gabbard is a loyal American civil servant who has also dedicated her life to protecting the safety of all Americans,” the statement adds. “Rep. Gabbard’s presidential campaign continues to gain momentum, but she has seen her political and personal reputation smeared and her candidacy intentionally damaged by Clinton’s malicious and demonstrably false remarks.”
President Donald Trump defended Gabbard against Clinton’s comments, stating that his former political rival had gone “crazy.”
So now Crooked Hillary is at it again! She is calling Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard “a Russian favorite,” and Jill Stein “a Russian asset.” As you may have heard, I was called a big Russia lover also (actually, I do like Russian people. I like all people!). Hillary’s gone Crazy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2019
Clinton has not responded to the lawsuit at this time.