Trump threatens legal action against Pulitzer committee over Russia probe coverage

Former President Donald Trump has threatened to take legal action against the Pulitzer Prize Board if they don’t revoke prizes awarded to The New York Times and The Washington Post in 2018 for their coverage of the Russia investigation.

According to Fox News, the former president sent a letter to Pulitzer administrator Marjorie Miller, noting that he previously made this request twice, and stated that the years-long probe was based on false information.

“There is no dispute that the Pulitzer Board’s award to those media outlets was based on false and fabricated information that they published,” the former president said.

“The continuing publication and recognition of the prizes on the Board’s website is a distortion of fact and a personal defamation that will result in the filing of litigation if the Board cannot be persuaded to do the right thing on its own.”

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.”

The former Clinton campaign attorney is accused of lying to the FBI and hiding the fact that he worked for the Clinton campaign when he met with journalists to provide information about Trump.

While Sussman was acquitted by a jury on Tuesday of lying to the FBI, the claim that he misrepresented himself to journalists has not been decided.

Trump pointed to the revelations in the Sussman trial about meetings with members of the media where individuals from the Clinton campaign alleged that there was a secret channel of communication between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank.

The former president’s letter asserts that the Times and the Post would have learned quickly that the Clinton campaign’s “shameful smears” were false, “had they done even a modicum of journalistic investigation” into the matter.

“Together with the publications that have obsessively promulgated disgustingly false attacks against me, you have done all you can to destroy my reputation,” Trump said, asking, “how do I get my reputation back?”

Trump also asked the board to check into whether the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report about problems with the FBI’s actions early in the Russia probe was appropriate.

Despite requests from Fox News for comment, the Pulitzer Board did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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