Attorneys for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) have demanded a retraction of Hillary Clintons allegations that Gabbard is a Russian asset, and accused the former first lady of defamation.
“Your statement is defamatory, and we demand that you retract it immediately,” wrote a lawyer for Gabbard, who is a 2020 presidential candidate, reported The Hill.
The lawyer, who was not named, demanded that Clinton “immediately” verbally retract the comments. The lawyer also wanted the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate to post a retraction to her Twitter account.
Clinton hasnt responded to the lawyers demands.
In October, Clinton made the comment about Gabbard during a podcast.
“Shes the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her, so far,” Clinton said. She didnt refer to Gabbard by name but strongly suggested it.
“Im not making any predictions, but I think theyve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton also stated in October, CNN reported. She also suggested that Gabbard might run as a third-party candidate, but a Clinton spokesperson later said it wasnt in reference to her, according to The Hills report.
“It appears you may now be claiming that this statement is about Republicans (not Russians) grooming Gabbard,” Gabbards lawyer said in the letter.”But this makes no sense in light of what you actually said. After you made the statement linking Congresswoman Gabbard to the Russians, you (through your spokesman) doubled down on it with the Russian nesting dolls remark.”
Gabbard has said she isnt interested in running on a third-party platform.
In an interview with Fox News in late October, Gabbard said such claims are “baseless” and are “offensive” because she served in the military.
“I will never be able to undo what they have done in trying to cast suspicion amongst the American people about where my loyalties actually lie,” Gabbard said.
Her spat with Clinton is bigger than just her, she said.
The public tussle “is really about our freedom. Our freedom of speech and being able to make sure that we, as the American people can stand up. We can be critical of our leaders. We can disagree, and the reason why were seeing this coming from Hillary Clinton and her proxies and kind of this foreign policy establishment that represents her legacy is they know they cannot control me. And that worries them very much,” Gabbard said in the interview.
The congresswoman had faced criRead More – Source