Hillary Clinton implies Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian asset

( AP )

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Clinton appeared to call Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard "the favorite of the Russians" in a recent interview, while also describing 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein as "a Russian asset."

During a podcast appearance on Campaign HQ with David Plouffe, the former U.S. secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee did not mention the Hawaii congresswoman by name, but said she believes the Russians have "got their eye on somebody who's currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate."

Clinton said, "She's the favorite of the Russians" and added, "and that's assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she's also a Russian asset."

Gabbard's campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.