Russian asset says what?

Courtesy of CNN:

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard dropped the defamation lawsuit she filed against Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, ending a short-lived legal battle where the congresswoman contended the former secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee “lied about her ties to Russia” during a 2019 interview.

The lawsuit stemmed from Clinton saying that Gabbard, then a 2020 presidential candidate, was being groomed to run as a third-party candidate and was a favorite of the Russians. Clinton, in the same interview, suggested that the person she was talking about was a “Russian asset,” while not naming the Hawaii Democrat.

“Plaintiffs Tulsi Gabbard and Tulsi Now, Inc. dismiss this action,” Gabbard’s lawyers, Dan Terzian and Janice Roven, wrote in a court filing on Wednesday. “While they remain certain of the action’s legal merit, they are just as certain that this new COVID and post-COVID world require them to focus their time and attention on other priorities, including defeating Donald Trump in 2020, rather than righting the wrongs here.”

Terzian and Roven did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the voluntary dismissal. A spokesperson for Gabbard also did not respond to a request for comment.

“This was a publicity stunt through and through, and this filing makes that clear,” Nick Merrill, a spokesperson for Clinton, said in a written statement. He then included the phrase “good riddance” in Russian.

The lawsuit, which was filed in January, said Gabbard suffered damages that are “estimated to exceed $50 million” and that Clinton “had no basis for making her false assertions about Tulsi.” It also said “Clinton’s peddling of this theory has harmed Tulsi, has harmed American voters, and has harmed American democracy.” She also alleged that Clinton held a grudge against her because she endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary.

Look what can I say?

Hillary Clinton calls em as she sees em. 

Tulsi Gabbard has been supported by Russian news outlets and Russian Twitter bots for a few years now, so it is understandable to assume the Russians see her as an asset.

Gabbard also defended Syrian president and Russian ally, Bashar Assad, and attacked the impeachment investigation.

Which are exactly the things one would expect from a Russian asset.