They’re using the d-word: defamation.
Lawyers for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard are accusing Hillary Clinton of defamation over her remarks last month that the Hawaii Democrat is Russia’s preferred Democratic presidential candidate.
Gabbard’s attorneys are calling on Clinton to retract her statement publicly, including on Twitter, according to a letter released Monday by Gabbard’s campaign.
“Your statement is defamatory, and we demand that you retract it immediately,” Gabbard’s lawyers said in the letter, which was first reported by The Hill.
During a podcast interview in October, Clinton called Gabbard a “favorite of the Russians.”
“And I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate. She’s the favorite of the Russians, they have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far,” Clinton said.
Clinton was initially interpreted as saying that Russia was “grooming” Gabbard for a third-party run. Her spokesman, Nick Merrill, aided that interpretation in his reply to Gabbard’s response at the time.
Gabbard called Clinton “the queen of warmongers.”
Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a …
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) October 18, 2019
Merrill responded to Gabbard’s remarks: “If the nesting doll fits.”
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