Tulsi Gabbard Threatens to Sue Mitt Romney for Defamation

Former Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has dropped the hammer on Mitt Romney by threatening to sue the Utah senator for defamation.

Gabbard sent a cease-and-desist letter to Romney demanding he makes amends for accusing her of “parroting Russian propaganda” and telling “treasonous lies” that “may well cost lives.”

“If Mitt Romney seriously believes that I have committed treason, why hasn’t he brought any evidence or brought charges?” she said.

“He clearly doesn’t care that there are any consequences, or as I mentioned, he’s just trying to bully and intimidate others into silence.”

She wrote in her letter: “Representative Gabbard will likely be forced to pursue litigation concerning this matter.

“Under governing state and federal court rules, you are on notice to maintain hard copies of documents as well as all e-mail and other electronically stored information pertaining to any statements you have made regarding Representative Gabbard (whether naming her directly or only referencing her) from March 1, 2022, onward, including but not limited to any prior communications with or concerning Representative Gabbard and any statements alleging Representative Gabbard engaged in treasonous conduct.

“Electronically stored information includes e-mail, voicemail, word processing documents, spreadsheets, databases, calendars, networks, computer systems (including legacy systems), servers, archives, backup, and disaster recovery systems, tapes, disks, drives, cartridges, other storage media, laptops, internet records (including but not limited to, any postings made to Facebook, Reddit, and other similar social media sites), web pages, personal computers, and other information storage devices.

“You are instructed to retain any copies you have on any storage medium, including sources of data such as portable hard drives, memory cards, “thumb drives,” blackberry, personal digital assistants, mobile telephones, iPods® and smartphones.

“This list is not exhaustive; these potential locations of relevant data are included by way of example only, and all documents relating in any way to the dispute discussed in this letter must be preserved.

“Your failure to comply with all statutory document and data preservation obligations that now exist may be severe, including monetary sanctions, terminating sanctions, or other sanctions.

“Representative Gabbard hereby demands that you immediately cease and desist from making false statements of the type discussed above, including, but not limited to, that Representative Gabbard engaged in treasonous conduct of any kind, to any third parties, and by any means, including verbally, in writing, on social media or otherwise on the Internet.

“We further demand that you retract/takedown all such statements you have made about Representative Gabbard and destroy all copies of those statements.

“If you wish to settle this matter before litigation is commenced, we further demand that you agree to enter into a settlement and release agreement, which will memorialize the above terms and which will include a retraction and apology, and other terms to be mutually negotiated.

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“While Representative Gabbard is prepared to take whatever legal action necessary to protect her good name and reputation, her preference would be to resolve this matter out of court.

“Please confirm with us, in writing via e-mail, by Wednesday, April 27, 2022, that you will comply with the above demands, and to indicate whether you will enter into a settlement and release agreement.

“Our client reserves all rights to proceed with litigation in the event that a settlement cannot be reached. Please feel free to contact me ([email protected]) or my colleagues, Karin Sweigart and Jesse Franklin-Murdock with any questions about the contents of this letter,” the letter said.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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