Rep. Tulsi Gabbard sues Hillary Clinton for alleged 'Russian asset' smear in 2020 Democratic presidential contest

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Democratic presidential hopeful US Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district Tulsi Gabbard (L) and former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard sued former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday for allegedly defaming her by suggesting the Hawaii congresswoman is a “Russian asset.”

“Clinton’s false assertions were made in a deliberate attempt to derail Tulsi’s campaign,” says the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, in October said in an interview that an unnamed Democratic presidential candidate was “the favorite of the Russians.” 

Clinton did not mention Gabbard by name in that interview.

But Clinton’s spokesman, Nick Merrill, said, “If the nesting doll fits,” when asked if she had been referring to Gabbard.

Merrill later said in a tweet that Clinton was referring to the Republican Party grooming Gabbard, and not the Russians — whose iconic products include so-called nesting dolls.

Clinton had no immediate comment about the suit.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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