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Trump threatens Pulitzer committee with legal action if they don't rescind award for Russia probe coverage

By Curt_Anderson
May 31, 2022 8:39 pm
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Trump is having another litigious conniption fit. Threatening the Pulitzer committee (or the Oscar committee, the Emmy Committee, etc.) with legal action because he doesn't like who won a award and for what is simply nuts. For one thing, it gives the Times and Post the timely opportunity to report anew on the Russia-Trump connections.

It is interesting the Trump hasn't sued the Times or Post for libel. Perhaps he remembered that truth is the perfect libel defense.

Even more bizarrely, Trump prematurely cites the Durham prosecution of Michael Sussmann to bolster his case for rescinding the 2018 Pulitizer.


(FOX News)Former President Donald Trump is calling on the Pulitzer Prize Board to revoke prizes awarded to the New York Times and Washington Post in 2018 for their coverage of the Russia investigation, threatening legal action if they do not comply.

The letter, dated May 27, references "additional recent evidence" and calls on the board "to pay close attention to the developments in the ongoing criminal trial of Michael Sussman [sic], the former attorney for the 2016 Clinton Campaign."

Sussmann was accused of lying to the FBI and hiding that he was representing the Clinton campaign when he had a meeting to provide information about Trump. Sussmann was acquitted by a jury on Tuesday.


The New York Times shared the award with The Washington Post for their investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election

(WaPo)The Postís Russia stories contained several startling revelations: that Michael Flynn, Trumpís designated national security adviser, had discussed lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period, potentially in violation of the law; that acting attorney general Sally Yates had told the White House that Flynn had misled senior officials, including Vice President Pence, about his Russia contacts, making him vulnerable to Russian blackmail; that attorney general-designee Jeff Sessions failed to disclose two conversations with Kislyak when asked about contacts during his confirmation hearing; and that Trump revealed secret intelligence to Kislyak and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an Oval Office meeting in May.

(NY Times)The staff of The Times was recognized with the national reporting award for changing the nationís understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 election, investigating whether there was collusion between the President Trumpís campaign and Russia and whether Mr. Trump had tried to obstruct the investigation.

When The Times approached the White House in July 2017 with knowledge of a secret meeting during the 2016 campaign between Russians and top advisers to Donald J. Trump, the administration put out a false statement, saying the meeting was set up to discuss Russian adoptions. But continued digging showed Moscow had offered compromising information on Hillary Clinton, and that the Trump campaign was eagerly interested in the information.


Cited and related links:

  1. foxnews.com
  2. washingtonpost.com
  3. nytimes.com

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