In a letter dated May 27, 2022, former President Donald J. Trump has once again called on The Pulitzer Prize to pull the prizes from The New York Times and The Washington Post.
In October of 2021, Trump said that the Pulitzer Prize award in national reporting was given to the two newspapers “based on false reporting of a non-existent link between the Kremlin and the Trump Campaign.”
Both newspapers received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize award in national reporting on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
On Tuesday, Trump shot back again.
“I again call on you to rescind the Prize awarded based on blatantly fake, derogatory, and defamatory news. If you choose not to do so, we will see you in court,” Trump said.
Earlier this month, Robby Mook, the former campaign manager for Hillary Clinton, testified that the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee agreed to provide information about a link between her opponent Donald Trump and Russian Alfa Bank to a reporter.
According to CBS News, this was despite the fact that Hillary’s campaign was not certain about the truth of the allegations.
During cross-examination, Mook said the campaign was not fully confident in the Alfa Bank allegations and wanted to give them to a reporter so the reporter could “run it down further” and verify it.
Slate first published a story saying that Alfa Bank, a Moscow-based financial institution, had a server that was “irregularly pinging” a server registered to the New York-based Trump Organization.
The FBI investigated, and a report by the Justice Department inspector general said it concluded that there were no links between Alfa Bank and Trump.
Mook said he attended a meeting with other senior campaign officials where they learned about strange cyberactivity that suggested a relationship between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank.
The group decided to share the information with a reporter, and Mook subsequently ran that decision by Clinton herself.
“There was never any truth to the Clinton campaign’s shameful smears, as The New York Times and The Washington Post would have quickly discovered had they done even a modicum of journalistic investigation,” Trump said.
“We gain more and more clarity with each passing day about the propaganda and falsehoods that were pushed by the Clintons and their willing accomplices in the media about the “collusion” that never existed between me, my campaign, my administration, and the Russian government, ” Trump said in the letter.