Trump Demands Pulitzer Reporting Awards On Russian Election Interference Be Yanked

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The award-winning reporting by the Washington Post and the New York Times was “shoddy, questionable and outright false,” Trump claimed, unsubstantiated.

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former President Donald Trump sent a letter on sundayPulitzer PrizeCalled for the “immediate” cancellation of journalism awards for reporting on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

The coveted awards were given “on the basis of false reporting of a non-existent link between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign,” Trump wrote in his appeal to the baseless Pulitzer Prize’s interim administrator, Bud Clement.

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The former president called the coverage “politically motivated spectacleHe argued that the reporting was based on “shoddy, suspicious and clearly false reporting,” and that Pulitzer officials should now “act accordingly.”

Employees of The New York Times and The Washington Post were awarded Pulitzer National Reporting for their work in 2018. Awards were given “for”.In-depth sourced, tirelessly reported coverage in the public interest, which dramatically advances the country’s understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the presidential-elect’s transition team and his final administration,” the Pulitzer board noted.

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trump claimed in his letter that he was “free” By investigating Russian campaign interference in 2016. This claim is false.

After a lengthy investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and links to the Trump campaign, then-special counsel robert muller In 2019 it is clearly mentioned that the investigation not acquitted Trump. But he explained that under federal law, accusing then-President Trump was “not an option.”

Mueller insisted: “If we had believed the president had clearly committed no crime, we would have said so,” which the investigative team did not.

The report found that there was Kremlin interference on the part of Trump in the 2016 election.comprehensive and systemicThe actions included a social media “information war” campaign that Trump “favoured,” and the hacking of campaign databases involving rival Hillary Clinton. The hacked information was widely circulated through WikiLeaks. .

The investigation also detailed several conversations between the Kremlin or Russian President Vladimir Putin and representatives of the Trump campaign and Trump allies during the presidential race.

The report said Trump aides repeatedly lied to investigators about their contacts with Russians, and Trump refrained from answering questions related to any of his attempts to influence witnesses or hinder the investigation. refused.

Trump’s hand-picked Attorney General William Barr came under attack for failing to file charges against Trump specifically for obstruction of justice. He underestimated the report’s findings Statement about the findings of the investigation.

Trump has called the investigation “the biggest witch hunt in American history.”

A Pulitzer Board spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.

The former president’s two-page letter to Clement was posted by him colleague Liz Harrington on her Twitter account. Trump has been banned from the stage for inciting a riot on January 6.

Twitter restricts other accounts that act as proxies for restricted users in accordance with its policies, but Apparently not in Trump’s case. Harrington has been posting all of Trump’s website statements on her Twitter account since she was hired in June.

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