Fmr Rep. Gabbard threatens defamation lawsuit against Sen. Romney over ‘treasonous’ accusation

Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has never been one to shy away from questioning mainstream narratives and, for that, she is routinely smeared and maligned by members of the political establishment on both sides of the aisle.

Gabbard was labeled as “treasonous” by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) in March over comments she made about the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and she has now responded to his accusation with a threat of a defamation lawsuit, The Hill reported.

Romney smears Gabbard as “treasonous”

The legal threat from Gabbard to Romney likely stems from a video the former congresswoman posted to Twitter on March 13 in which she referenced sworn testimony in a Senate hearing about U.S.-funded biological research labs in Ukraine and expressed concern over the danger those labs posed in breached or damaged in the ongoing Russian invasion.

Gabbard went on to assert that those labs and others like them should be shut down immediately in the interest of safety.

Likely in response to that video, Sen. Romney tweeted, “Tulsi Gabbard is parroting false Russian propaganda. Her treasonous lies may well cost lives.”

Cease and desist and retract

Fast-forward more than a month to Wednesday and Gabbard wrote on Twitter, “When powerful, influential people make baseless accusations of treason, a crime punishable by death, in order to intimidate, silence and censor those who speak the truth, it has a chilling effect on our democracy.  This cannot go unchecked.”

That tweet included a link to a press release announcing that Gabbard had sent a “cease and desist” letter to Romney, as well as former leftist media personality Keith Olbermann, who had accused Gabbard and Fox News host Tucker Carlson of being “Russian assets” and insinuated that they deserved to be detained and prosecuted in a military tribunal.

The press release demanded that both individuals, Romney and Olbermann, “cease these false, defamatory, and malicious claims and that they retract/takedown all such statements made about Gabbard and destroy all copies of those statements.”

A deadline of April 27 was set for them to comply with the demanded retraction, lest Gabbard’s new attorney, Harmeet Dhillon, as outlined in a warning letter, file a lawsuit against them for “defamation per se” with “actual malice,” meaning the falsely injurious statements to Gabbard’s reputation were made even though it was known to be untrue.

The ball is now in Romney’s court

The Hill noted that Sen. Romney’s office did not respond to a request for comment on the threatened litigation in response to his smear of Gabbard.

There was nothing said by Gabbard in her video that even remotely resembled treason against the United States and citing under-oath testimony from a government official in a Senate hearing doesn’t exactly fit into the classification of “Russian propaganda.”

It will be interesting to see if Romney takes down the accusatory tweet in accord with Gabbard’s demand or keeps it up and compels the attorney to follow through on the threatened lawsuit.

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