Lawsuits tend to be pretty nasty and ugly affairs, especially when between high profile celebrities and lawmakers. So it should come as no surprise that the one filed against the likes of Hillary Clinton by presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has already started off rather badly.
The lawsuit arose after the former first lady and Obama’s secretary of state referred to Gabbard as someone being “groomed” to be a “Russian asset.” Naturally, the accusation was not taken too kindly by the Hawaiian representative and US veteran. And because she is in the middle of a 2020 race for the White House, allegations like this can be detrimental, no matter how untrue they may be.
And it is precisely this reason that the lawsuit was filed. Gabbard’s lawsuit, which is seeking $50 million, claims, “Clinton falsely stated that Tulsi – an Army National Guard officer and United States Congresswoman who has spent her entire adult life serving this country – is a ‘Russian asset.’ Clinton’s false assertions were made in a deliberate attempt to derail Tulsi’s presidential campaign.”
Basically, she claims intentional defamation.
Now some have argued the entire thing was pretty much dead in the water before it even began. But technically it has to actually start first and it seems that Hillary is making that quite tricky at the moment.
As with any lawsuit, the first step is filing the suit and getting the paper served to the accused, in this case, Hillary. But, at the moment, she is refusing to accept them.
According to the New York Post, a process server arrived at the Clinton home in Chappaqua, New York, early last week to deliver the papers. However, Clinton’s Secret Service agents turned the server away. It was reported that the server was told to deliver the documents to Clinton’s attorney David Kendall.
But when the server arrived at Kendall’s office on Wednesday afternoon, Kendall told them he “unable to accept service on Clinton’s behalf.”
Clearly, Hillary is trying to avoid this at all costs or at least delay it a bit.
Gabbard’s lawyer Brian Dunne told the Post, “I find it rather unbelievable that Hillary Clinton is so intimidated by Tulsi Gabbard that she won’t accept service of process. But I guess here we are.”
And according to New York Courts, no one can be forced to take the papers of such a lawsuit. So while what Hillary is doing might seem shady, it’s not necessarily illegal. Plus, there are other ways around this.
If such papers are denied personally, process servers can deliver them to another person known to the accused, such as her lawyer, or they can be left for the accused in “a conspicuous location” where the accused is likely to see them.
Copies of such documents are also required to be sent via mail to the subject. In either case, it’s only a matter of time before the lawsuit can be considered delivered or served to Mrs. Clinton, and proceedings will begin.
And whatever strategy Clinton is using to delay this isn’t necessarily a good look for her, as several on social media have pointed out.
One woman said, “The refusals show HRC’s complete arrogance for our country’s laws & one of the underlying reasons she lost in 16. Nothing screams guilty more than behavior like this. The fact the @DNC is helping HRC exact unjustifiable vengeance against @TulsiGabbard is completely unacceptable.”
And she has a point. This is not the first time Hillary Clinton has been accused of breaking the law, a law she, as a former first lady and senator, should be doing everything within her power to uphold. Somehow, she thinks those previous positions entitle her to be above the law, that they don’t apply to her.
But if Gabbard has her way, she will prove that Clinton is, in fact, a criminal of the most dangerous kind. One that hides behind her political novelties and the educated elite, all the while scheming to bring the world under her thumb. Even if she doesn’t have the title herself, this act proves that she will do what she can to influence the one who does.