Trump Nominations for Nobel Peace Prize Were Forgeries

Fakes submitted both this year and last year, head of Norwegian Nobel Institute says
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2018 8:14 AM CST
President Trump is seen during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Trump is (or was) apparently up for the Nobel Peace Prize that will be announced this fall, a surprise revelation since who's in the running is usually kept under wraps by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. But the New York Times explains Trump's candidacy was divulged because of something fishy going on with his nomination, a matter that Oslo police are looking into. It seems the person who allegedly nominated the president, when contacted, said the nomination wasn't authentic—and the forgery happened last year as well; police say the same person is behind both false nominations. The fraud regarding 2017's nomination, which was put through the same comprehensive forensic scrutiny that this year's will undergo, wasn't reported to the public until now. Trump was said to have been nominated for his "ideology of peace by force," per the BBC.

The Week explains that nominations can come only from certain parties, including a head of state, someone who's already won a Nobel, or a qualified lawmaker or university professor, among others. It's reported there are 329 nominations for this year's prize: 217 individuals and 112 groups. "We receive many invalid nominations each year in the sense that they don't meet the deadline or the nominator is not in fact qualified to nominate," Olav Njolstad, the head of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, says, per the Washington Post. "But to my knowledge this is the first example of a forged nomination where someone has stolen the identity of another person." The chief of the Oslo police's economic crimes division says that although they haven't yet been able to confirm where the forger is located, the FBI is assisting his team in investigating.

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