Former Democrat Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has sent cease and desist letters to former CNN commentator Keith Olbermann and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney (R) for comments they made about her that characterized her as a Russian plant and suggested she was committing treason.
“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,” Gabbard tweeted on Wednesday. “This cannot go unchecked.”
“Representative Gabbard’s loyalty to the United States is beyond reproach, and you either knew your description of her as a ‘Russian Asset’ was false when you made it, or you acted in reckless disregard as to her allegiance to the United States,” the letter said, and added that Olbermann “acted with actual malice when you defamed Representative Gabbard.”
“Your accusation that Representative Gabbard, a combat veteran and current military officer, has engaged in ‘treasonous’ activity is completely false, a fact of which you were well aware when you made your claim. And as explained below, your accusation that Representative Gabbard lied also has no basis in fact,” Dhillon wrote to Romney.
Gabbard merely stated in her tweet that Russia did have “American-funded biological labs in Ukraine.”
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