Former Hawaii Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is suing former ESPN speaker Keith Olbermann and Utah Senator Mitt Romney for accusing her of being a Russian who spreads “treacherous lies”.
Gabbard, a U.S. military veteran and former Democratic presidential candidate, sent cease-and-desist letters to Romney and Olbermann, warning them to stop accusing him of treason and working with Russia against the United States.
“When powerful and influential people bring baseless charges 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” , tweeted Gabbard on Wednesday. “This cannot go unchecked.”
When powerful and influential people bring baseless charges 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. It cannot go unchecked. https://t.co/evoefpc0Yd
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) April 20, 2022
Gabbard’s ad specifically quotes Keith Olbermann’s March 14 tweet in which he says Gabbard’s comments argue for military arrest and imprisonment as a “Russian asset.”
These are Russian assets and there is a war. They should be detained militarily. Trials are a sign of good faith and patience on the part of democracy.
—Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) March 14, 2022
In the letter, attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon told Olbermann that he “acted with real malice when you defamed Representative Gabbard.”
“Representative Gabbard’s loyalty to the United States is beyond reproach, and either you knew your description of her as a ‘Russian asset’ was wrong when you made her, or you acted in reckless disregard of her allegiance. in the United States,” the letter continued.
In further comments to Olbermann, Dhillon added that Gabbard “believes that free speech is a cornerstone of American democracy,” but that Olbermann’s claims that Gabbard is a “Russian asset” are ” well outside the bounds of freedom of expression and civility”. It is defamation. »
As for Romney, Gabbard lambasted the nominally Republican senator for his March 13 tweet in which he said Gabbard was spreading “Russian propaganda” and that his “treasonous lies may well cost lives.”
Tulsi Gabbard repeats fake Russian propaganda. His treacherous lies could well cost lives.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 13, 2022
“Your accusation that Rep. Gabbard, a veteran and current military officer, engaged in ‘treasonous’ activities is completely false, a fact of which you were well aware when you made your statement. And as explained below below, your accusation that Rep. Gabbard lied has no basis in fact,” Dhillon wrote to Romney.
“Your allegation that Rep. Gabbard told ‘treasonous lies’ is clear libel,” Dhillon continued.
“In her video, Rep. Gabbard claimed there were US-funded bio-labs in Ukraine,” Dhillon added. “The existence of biological laboratories in Ukraine is indisputable.”
Dhillon added that Gabbard “will likely be forced to pursue litigation regarding this case” and warned the two that they should preserve all evidence in the case to prepare for this outcome.
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