Former President Donald Trump referred to as on the Pulitzer Board to rescind the prizes given to the New York Times and the Washington Post for his or her protection of the Russian collusion story, saying they had been based mostly on “false reporting.”
Trump, in a press release launched Sunday morning in regards to the letter addressed to Bud Kliment, the interim administrator of the awards, mentioned he desires the board to rescind the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting introduced to the New York Times and the Washington Post as a result of the reporting was based mostly on “false reporting of a non-existent link between the Kremlin and the Trump Campaign.”
“As has been widely publicized, the coverage was no more than a politically motivated farce which attempted to spin a false narrative that my campaign supposedly colluded with Russia despite a complete lack of evidence underpinning this allegation,” he mentioned within the letter.
The former president, who additionally referred to as for the prizes to be revoked in March 2019, pointed to the indictment final month of Michael Sussmann, a former rep for Hillary Clinton’s presidential marketing campaign, by particular counsel John Durham.
Durham alleges that Sussmann lied to the FBI when he tipped them off in September 2016 to a doable hyperlink between the Trump marketing campaign and Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin.
The Sussmann indictment “serves as a damning repudiation of the media’s obsession with the collusion story. The indictment pointedly accuses Mr. Sussman of making false statements to the FBI when he presented ‘evidence’ purporting to show secret communications between my organization and the Russia-based Alfa Bank,” Trump mentioned within the letter.
Sussmann informed the FBI that he was relaying the knowledge as a “good citizen,” however Trump mentioned the indictment reveals that Sussmann was “working with other Democrats and billing his time to the Clinton campaign.”
He mentioned the indictment additionally reveals that “the FBI’s investigation revealed that the e-mail server at issue was not owned or operated by the Trump Organization but, rather, had been administered by a mass marketing email company that send advertisements for Trump hotels and hundreds of other clients.”
The former president and his allies have decried the Russian collusion investigation as a “witch hunt.”
In 2019, particular counsel Robert Mueller and his group of investigators discovered no proof of Trump conspiring with Moscow.
Trump famous that the Pulitzer Board praised the newspapers for “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nations’ understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team, and his eventual administration.”
He mentioned the articles centered on the “now-debunked Russia collusion conspiracy theory” and contained info based mostly on nameless sources.
“The headlines themselves were extremely sensational and leaned heavily on unsubstantiated anonymous sources. For example, much of the information contained in these articles were credited to ’people with knowledge,’ ’current and former officials,’ ’some senior U.S. officials,’ and other vaguely defined individuals,” the letter mentioned.
“As a result, the public was deprived of an independent means of assessing their credibility, their potential for political bias, and the source of their knowledge,” Trump continued.
Trump says the prizes carry a “level of reverence” that the reporting being honored is “deemed credible, well-sourced and trustworthy.”
“When it becomes apparent that a Pulitzer Prize-winning work was based on shoddy, dubious and manifestly false reporting – as is the case here – the Pulitzer Prize Board must react accordingly,” Trump mentioned.
He went on to say that he hopes the New York Times and the Washington Post “voluntarily surrender” the awards.
But if they don’t, “I would expect that you will take the necessary steps to rectify the situation, including stripping the recipients of their prize and retracting the false statements which remain on the Pulitzer website. Without holding the recipients to such a high standard of accountability, the integrity of the Pulitzer Prize namesake stands to be wholly compromised.”
The Pulitzer Board didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.