Former President Donald Trump wrote to Pulitzer Prize administrator Bud Kliment, asking for the 2018 Pulitzers given to The Times and The Post to be rescinded.
In a statement released on October 3, Trump called for the Pulitzer Prize board to rescind the 2018 prizes, claiming that it was awarded “based on false reporting of a non-existent link between the Kremlin and the Trump Campaign.” Journalists at The Post and The Times received the award for a series of articles published throughout 2017. Trump claims that the headlines were “extremely sensational and leaned heavily on unsubstantiated anonymous sources.”
He also requested the reports be withdrawn because they were awarded based on articles about the “now-debunked Russian collusion conspiracy theory.” Trump stated, “It has since been confirmed that the allegations were false, and I have been exonerated of these charges.”
Trump’s demands to the Pulitzer committee appear to be based on the recent indictment of Michael Sussmann, a cybersecurity lawyer who was previously employed by the Clinton campaign. Special Counsel John Durham has accused Sussmann of lying to the FBI about who he was working for when he tipped the bureau off about potential covert communications between the Trump organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank [MSN].