Trump threatens to sue Pulitzer board if NYT and WaPo awards aren’t canceled

Former President Donald Trump has threatened to sue the Pulitzer Prize Board if it does not revoke the prizes awarded to The New York Times and The Washington Post on their reporting that fueled the hoax that Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential election.

In a letter dated May 27 but released Tuesday, Trump wrote to Pulitzer Prize administrator Marjorie Miller:

It is undisputed that the Pulitzer Council’s attribution to these media outlets was based on false and fabricated information they published.

The continued posting and acknowledgment of awards on the Council’s website is a misrepresentation of facts and personal defamation that will result in litigation if the Council cannot be persuaded to do the right thing on its own.

In light of recent additional evidence showing that the articles for which this award was given contained unquestionably false information that misled the public, I again ask your organization to maintain its own credibility by rescinding this award for The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Trump’s efforts come after the former president asked the board to rescind the two organizations’ 2018 awards in October and November last year. In his latest letter, Trump drew attention to the criminal trial of Michal Sussman, a former campaign lawyer for Hillary Clinton, who the US Justice Department has prosecuted for lying to the FBI.

Trump said:

I call on your board to pay close attention to developments in the ongoing criminal trial of Michael Sussman, the former 2016 Clinton campaign attorney. Mr. Sussman is being prosecuted for lying to the FBI regarding false information claiming showing ties between me and Alfa Bank in Russia, as well as lying about approaching the FBI as a concerned citizen and hiding the fact that he was bidding for the Clinton Campaign and Hillary Clinton herself.

A jury that included three Clinton donors acquitted Sussman on Tuesday.

Trump bolstered his case before Pulitzer’s board by pointing out several developments that further destroyed the narrative of collusion with Russia. For example, Trump pointed out that Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, Robby Mook, testified that Clinton personally approved of the decision to provide reporters with false information about Trump’s ties to Russia-based Alfa Bank.

Trump also pointed to former Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elisas’ admission that he hired Fusion GPS to create the debunked Steele dossier.

Trump said both outlets would have “quickly discovered” the falsity of the Russian hoax had they “done even a modicum of journalistic investigation.” He continued:

We are getting more and more clarity with each passing day about the propaganda and lies being pushed by the Clintons and their willing accomplices in the media about the “collusion” that never existed between me, my campaign, my administration and the Russian government.

Trump said:

Surely there must come a time when it is simply embarrassing for your organization to support a prestigious Pulitzer Prize awarded to two alleged news organizations that have been conclusively and definitively complicit in the promulgation of lies about me. The Pulitzer Prizes should not be known as a bogus organization awarding its unique prize for blatantly false stories.

Trump noted that Pulitzer’s board followed “an ongoing process of reviewing questions about past awards” after Trump’s first request and said the board had “an obligation to share with me the status of the review of this so-called “appointed committee” following its so-called “permanent process.” .'”

He also implored Pulitzer’s board to “carefully study” DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the handling by former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. of the Russian collusion hoax that revealed that McCabe “lacks candor” on several occasions.

“I ask you again to rescind the award you presented based on manifestly false, derogatory and defamatory news. If you choose not to do so, we will see you in court,” Trump concluded.


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