Many of the materials used in the publications of The New York Times and The Washington Post, in particular the “dossier” of the British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, were found to be unreliable, the former U.S. president noted.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump demanded that the leadership of the Pulitzer Prize withdraw the award to The New York Times and The Washington Post, which they received in 2018 for covering the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and its connection with Trump. This is stated in a statement issued by the Republican’s press service.

The text of the document indicates that many of the materials used in newspaper publications, in particular the “dossier” of the British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, were found to be unreliable, and the Russian Igor Danchenko, who allegedly helped him with the compilation of the dossier, was accused of providing false information to the FBI. “Given the above, we demand that the leadership of the Pulitzer Prize take immediate steps to remove The New York Times and The Washington Post from the list of 2018 winners for national reporting,” the letter states. “Failure to do so will lead to litigation.”

In light of the investigation into Danchenko, The Washington Post on Friday took the unusual step of correcting and deleting large parts of two articles published in March 2017 and February 2019, in which an American businessman of Belarusian origin, Sergei Millian, was called the key source of the “Steele Dossier” – a collection of unconfirmed reports claiming that the Russian government had compromising information about the then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. According to the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Sally Buzbee, the accusations against Danchenko “gave rise to doubts,” and the publication can no longer talk about the accuracy of the statements contained in the mentioned articles.