Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardIt’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemicBiden wins all-mail Kansas primaryMORE (D-Hawaii) Wednesday dropped a defamation lawsuit against former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNew FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justificationCalifornia 25 and COVID-19The Memo: Trump tweets cross into new territoryMORE, ending a brief legal battle over allegations that Gabbard was being supported by Russia. 

The lawsuit was filed after Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, said in January that Gabbard, who at the time was a 2020 White House contender, was being groomed by Moscow to wage a third-party bid and was a Russian asset. 

Gabbards legal team said on Wednesday that Gabbard was confident the suit had merit but her focus is needed elsewhere during the coronavirus pandemic.

Plaintiffs Tulsi Gabbard and Tulsi Now, Inc. dismiss this action, Gabbards lawyers, Dan Terzian and Janice Roven, said in a court filing. 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 TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA billFauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as plannedPoll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationallyMORE in 2020, rather than righting the wrongs here.

The lawsuit accused Clinton of having no basis for making her false assertions and said that Gabbard was owed damages estimated to exceed $50 million.

Gabbard accused Clinton of holding a grudge over the Hawaii lawmaker’s 2016 endorsement of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives raise alarm over letting lobbying groups access PPP fundsLoeffler runs ad tying Doug Collins to Pelosi, Sanders, BidenHillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panelMORE (I-Vt.), Clintons then-rival in the Democratic presidential primary.

“This was a publicity stunt through and through, and this filing makes that clear,” Nick Merrill, a spokesperson for Clinton, told CNN in a statement, including the phrase “good riddance” in Russian. 

Gabbard used the suit in an attempt to gin up attention for her struggling White House bid and boost support ahead of the Iowa caucuses, but she barely registered in the Hawkeye State and her campaign fizzled out. She ultimately dropped out of the race in March and endorsed former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenProsecutor investigating whether Tara Reade gave false testimony as expert witnessPoll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationallyGeorge Floyd’s sister says Minneapolis officers should be charged with murderMORE, who is now the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee.