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Trump threatens Pulitzer Committee with legal action if they do not revoke award for coverage of Russia investigation

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Former President Donald Trump has called on the Pulitzer Prize Board to rescind awards given to the New York Times and The Washington Post in 2018 for their coverage of the Russia investigation, threatening legal action if they do not comply.

In a letter to Marjorie Miller, Pulitzer’s director, Trump noted that he had submitted the request twice previously, noting that reports about long probe It was based on wrong information.

“There is no dispute that the Pulitzer Prize for these media outlets was based on false and fabricated information that they published,” previous president He said. “The continued posting and recognition of awards on the Board of Directors’ website is a distortion of the truth and a personal distortion that will lead to a lawsuit if the Board is not persuaded to do the right thing on its own.”

Fox News reached out to the Pulitzer Council for comment, but they did not immediately respond.

Hillary Clinton agreed to distribute the Trump-Russian bank allegations to the media and the campaign manager’s testimonies

The letter, dated May 27, notes “additional, recent evidence” and calls on the board “to pay close attention to developments in the ongoing criminal trial of Michael Sussman. [sic]Former attorney for the 2016 Clinton campaign.

Sussman was accused of lying to the FBI and concealing that he was representing the Clinton campaign when he held a meeting to provide information about Trump. Sussman acquitted by jury Tuesday.

Trump referred to revelations in the Sussman trial that Clinton agreed to release media materials alleging a secret communications channel between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank, even though campaign officials are not “fully confident” of the data’s legitimacy.

Michael Sussman has been found not guilty on a charge pushed by Special Prosecutor John Durham

The former president claimed that the Times and Post quickly learned that the shameful “slander” of the Clinton campaign was false, “had they done a modicum of journalistic investigation” into the matter.

Trump also asked the board of directors to look into the matter Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz report It details the issues with the FBI’s actions in the early stages of the Russia investigation before it is handed over to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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“Along with the publications which have issued disgustingly disgusting false attacks against me, you have done everything in your power to destroy my reputation,” Trump said, asking, “How do I restore my reputation?”

Brooke Singman, Jake Gibson and David Spunt of Fox News contributed to this report.

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