Trump demands the withdrawal of the Pulitzer Prizes of the publications covering his connection with Russia
The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, demands the withdrawal of the Pulitzer laureates' awards who wrote materials about his alleged collusion with Russia, reports New York Post.
Donald Trump has called on the Pulitzer Council to cancel the prizes awarded by the New York Times and the Washington Post for coverage of the story of collusion with Russia, saying they are based on "false reports."
In a statement released Sunday morning in response to a letter addressed to Bud Clement, the interim administrator of the award, Trump said he wants the council to cancel the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Journalism submitted by the New York Times and the Washington Post because the reporting was based on "false reporting of a nonexistent connection between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign."
“As it was widely publicized, the coverage was nothing more than a politically motivated farce that attempted to spread the false story that my campaign allegedly colluded with Russia, despite the complete lack of evidence to support the accusation,” he said. in a letter.
The former president, who also called for the cancellation of the prizes in March 2019, pointed to the indictment last month of Michael Sussmann, former Hillary Clinton presidential campaigner, by Special Adviser John Durham.
Durham claims that Sussmann lied to the FBI when he warned them in September 2016 of a possible link between the Trump campaign and Alfa Bank, which has ties to the Kremlin.
Sussmann's charge "serves as a decisive refutation of the media's obsession with the conspiracy story and explicitly accuses him of making false statements to the FBI when he presented" evidence "allegedly demonstrating secret links between my organization and Russian-based Alfa Bank," Trump's letter.
Sussmann told the FBI he was passing the information on as a "good citizen," but Trump claims the indictment shows Sussmann "worked with other Democrats and billed his time for the Clinton campaign."
The indictment states that the mail server in question was not owned or operated by the Trump organization, but rather was run by a mass email marketing company that advertises Trump hotels and hundreds of other clients.
In 2019, Special Adviser Robert Mueller and his team found no evidence of collusion between then President Donald Trump and Moscow.
Trump and his allies have called the investigation into the Russian conspiracy a "witch hunt."
Trump noted that the Pulitzer administration praised newspapers for "a carefully crafted and consistently publicized case that greatly improved understanding of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its connection to the Trump campaign, the president-elect's transition team, and his administration."
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"The headlines themselves were extremely sensational and relied heavily on unconfirmed anonymous sources," Donald Trump said in a letter to the Pulitzer administration.
According to him, the articles were devoted to "the now debunked conspiracy theory of conspiracy with Russia" and contained information based on anonymous sources.
“The headlines themselves were extremely sensational and relied heavily on unconfirmed anonymous sources. For example, most of the information contained in these articles has been attributed to “people with knowledge,” “current and former officials,” “some senior US officials,” and other indeterminate individuals, ”the letter said.
“As a result, the public was deprived of an independent means of assessing the credibility of these articles, their potential political bias and the source of their information,” Trump continued.
Trump says the prizes convey a "level of respect" that the report noted "is considered credible, well-prepared and reliable."
“When it becomes clear that the work that won the Pulitzer Prize is based on substandard, questionable and patently false reports - as in this case - the Pulitzer Prize Council should respond appropriately,” Trump said.
He went on to say that he hoped the New York Times and the Washington Post would "voluntarily surrender" the awards.
But if they do not, “I expect you to take the necessary steps to remedy the situation, including stripping recipients of their prizes and discarding false claims that remain on Pulitzer's website. If you do not demand such high responsibility from the recipients, the reputation of the Pulitzer Prize will be completely undermined. "
Pulitzer's board has not yet responded to a request for comment.
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