Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is suing Hillary Clinton for defamation after Clinton described Gabbard as a “Russian asset” and “the favorite of the Russians” during an interview last October.
While she did not mention Gabbard by name, it was obvious about whom Clinton was speaking. When asked if Clinton was referring to Gabbard during the interview, her spokesman Nick Merrill replied, “If the nesting doll fits,” apparently referring to Russian Matryoshka dolls.
According to Gabbard’s lawsuit, Clinton’s comments were “made in a deliberate attempt to derail Tulsi’s campaign” and caused up to $50 million in damages to both her campaign and her personal reputation.
“Rather than facts or reliable evidence, Clinton’s basis for the Defamatory Statements was one or both of: (a) her own imagination; or (b) extremely dubious conspiracy theories that any reasonable person (and especially Clinton, a former United States Senator and Secretary of State) would know to be fanciful, wholly unverified, and inherently and objectively unreliable,” reads the lawsuit.
The complaint notes that Gabbard would not have been elected to serve in the House of Representatives had she actually been a Russian agent and claims Clinton’s comments are retribution for Gabbard’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Democratic Primary. At the time, Gabbard was serving as Vice Chair of the DNC.
“Clinton was extremely angry – to put it mildly – that Tulsi endorsed Senator Sanders over her,” reads the suit. “Clinton, a cutthroat politician by any account, has never forgotten this perceived slight.
After she announced her support for Sanders, Gabbard says she received messages from Clinton’s team telling her that they no longer trusted her judgment and would never forget that she chose Sanders over Clinton.
“One would expect someone of Mrs. Clinton’s political background to act with a greater level of maturity and dignity, but her personal hostility toward Rep. Gabbard apparently clouded Mrs. Clinton’s reason and blinded her to US defamation laws,” said Brian Dunne, Gabbard’s attorney.
Gabbard is well within her rights to sue Clinton over her Russia comments, and Hillary will need to settle the lawsuit if she plans to enter the 2020 race at the last minute (as we have predicted) – unless she really does have proof that Gabbard is a Russian agent. (??)