Tulsi Gabbard, a former Democrat Representative from Hawaii has sent a cease and desist letter to Senator Mitt Romney (R, Utah) and television personality Keith Olbermann for their claims that she was pushing Russian propaganda.
Gabbard made claims about US funded biolabs in Ukraine. Those have not been proven, and Romney claimed they were Russian propaganda.
The letter demands that “cease these false, defamatory, and malicious claims” and “retract/takedown all such statements made about Gabbard and destroy all copies of those statements.”
In a tweet on Wednesday, Gabbard shared that she had sent cease and desist letters to Romney and former television personality Keith Olbermann over their statements “asserting that Gabbard was parroting false Russian propaganda.”
“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,” she said.
“This cannot go unchecked,” Gabbard added.
In an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, Gabbard reiterated her statement and said “When powerful and influential people basically threaten and intimidate people into silence as Mitt Romney … [is] doing, they’re hoping to achieve that effect that if anybody dares speak out against the government … [or] criticize whatever the washed, permanent Washington establishment narrative is, then you will be smeared … as a treasonous traitor.”