Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton for defamation over comments Mrs. Clinton made last year saying that Ms. Gabbard was a favorite of the Russians.
Mrs. Clinton’s “intentional and malicious misconduct” has caused Ms. Gabbard to suffer “anguish and damage to her reputation,” according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in New York.
“In October 2019 — whether out of personal animus, political enmity, or fear of real change in a political party Clinton and her allies have long dominated — Clinton lied about her perceived rival Tulsi Gabbard,” the lawsuit says. “She did so publicly, unambiguously, and with obvious malicious intent.”
Ms. Gabbard is one of a dozen major contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
Mrs. Clinton had suggested last year that a female candidate in the 2020 field was being groomed to run third-party. She didn’t mention Ms. Gabbard by name, but it was fairly clear to whom she was referring.
“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,” Mrs. Clinton told former Obama adviser David Plouffe on the “Campaign HQ” podcast.
“She’s the favorite of the Russians, they have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far,” said Mrs. Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.
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