Tulsi Gabbard dropped the libel lawsuit she filed against Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, alleging that the former Democratic candidate “lied about her ties to Russia.”
Gabbard’s attorneys wrote in court on Wednesday, “Plaintiff Tulsi Gabbard and Tulsi Now, Inc. reject this action. “
While they remain confident of the action’s legal merit, they are just as confident that this new COVID and post-COVID world will require them to focus their time and attention on other priorities, including defeating Donald Trump in 2020, instead of correcting mistakes here, ‘attorneys Dan Terzian and Janice Roven wrote in a lawsuit on Wednesday.
The short-lived legal battle arose when Gabbard filed the lawsuit in late January, while still a Democratic presidential candidate claiming that Clinton had slandered her during an interview in October 2019.
But Clinton’s spokesman, Nick Merrill, dismissed the whole ordeal as a “publicity stunt,” as the then White House candidate’s flight clearly came to an end.
“This was a publicity stunt through and through, and this filing makes that clear,” Merrill said in a statement, according to CNN.
In the statement, he included the phrase “good riddance” in Russian.
Former 2020 Democratic candidate and Hawaii congressman Tulsi Gabbard dropped her defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton on Wednesday
The lawsuit stemmed from an interview Clinton did in October 2019 – while Gabbard was still president – where she called the candidate a ‘Russian asset’ and suggested she was being prepared to act as a third party candidate
Gabbard tried to put herself back in the spotlight by filing the lawsuit just days before the Iowa caucus – but she still ended up with such small ballots that she was cast to stay at 0 percent in the early caucus game.
In Clinton’s interview last October, about eight months after Gabbard announced her candidacy, the former secretary of state suggested that Gabbard was the Russians’ favorite American candidate and was being prepared to run as a third-party candidate.
Gabbard constantly claimed that if she didn’t win the Democratic nomination, she wouldn’t seek a third-party nomination – a promise she’s kept since after suspending her campaign in mid-March and endorsing Biden.
During that same interview, 2016 Democratic candidate for president Clinton said that Gabbard was a “Russian claim”, without mentioning the Hawaii congressman by name.
Clinton’s spokesman Nick Merrill at the time doubled the former state secretary’s comments.
“If the nesting doll fits,” he told reporters when asked if Clinton spoke about Gabbard in her interview.
Clinton supporters often attribute her 2016 loss to President Donald Trump due to Russian interference and collusion between the Kremlin and Trump campaign to get him elected.
Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill (right) alleged that their entire ordeal was a ‘publicity outage’ for Gabbard to gain more traction in the presidential race and said ‘good riddance’ in Russia in a statement about her withdrawal from the lawsuit
“I don’t make predictions, but I think they are watching someone who is currently in Democratic primary school and preparing her to be the third candidate,” Clinton said in the interview to former Obama adviser David Podcast of Flouffe.
“She’s the Russians’ favorite,” Clinton said at the time, claiming, “They’ve had a lot of sites and bots and other ways to support her so far.”
Gabbard alleged that the comments were defamatory, claiming in the original filing that the damage “is estimated to exceed $ 50 million” and sued at least $ 100 million in total.
Clinton “had no basis to make her false claims about Tulsi,” the lawsuit alleged in January.
It also said, “Clinton’s conduct of this theory harmed Tulsi, harmed American voters, and harmed American democracy.”
Gabbard claimed that Clinton’s vengeful remarks stemmed from the moment she endorsed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for president in the 2016 Democratic primaries.
In February 2016, Tulsi believed that Senator Bernie Sanders was the best democratic presidential candidate for our country. She also knew that Clinton was holding a stranglehold on the Democratic party and that crossing Clinton (who called himself the “inevitable candidate”) could spell the end of her own political career. But Tulsi placed the country on her own and she publicly approved Senator Sanders, becoming the most prominent politician to do so, “the now lapsed complaint insisted.
“Clinton – a murderous politician anyway – has never forgotten this perceived light. And in October 2019, she sought retribution by lying publicly and loudly about Tulsi Gabbard, ‘it added.