2020 presidential long shot Rep. Tulsi Gabbard isn’t backing down from her defamation lawsuit against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“The papers have been served. I think the first court date has been set, and I think it’s important to understand that, you know, this is not just another political thing where one person said this – the other person said that,” the Hawaii Democrat, who is seeking $50 million in damages, explained.

The lawsuit came in response to comments Clinton made during an October podcast when she claimed Gabbard was a “Russian asset” and that the Kremlin was pushing her to run as a third-party candidate to ensure President Trump’s reelection by splitting the vote between her and the Democratic nominee.

“They are also going to do third party again, and I’m not making any predictions, but I think they got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” the former presidential candidate said. Clinton also later claimed that 2016 Green Party nominee Jill Stein was “also a Russian asset.”

Facing backlash afterward, Clinton claimed she meant that it was Republicans who were “grooming Tulsi, not Russia.”

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