A police investigation is underway after the Norwegian Nobel Committee uncovered an invalid nomination of US President Donald J Trump for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The person identified as having nominated Trump denies having done so, and now the committee thinks a similar Trump nomination last year was false as well.
Strict rules apply regarding who is allowed to nominate Peace Prize candidates (external link to the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s website). A total of 328 nominations viewed as valid have been filed with the committee for the 2018 prize, including 215 people and 113 organizations.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported earlier this week that staff at the Norwegian Nobel Institute had reported a false nomination of Trump to Norwegian police. Neither candidates nor those nominating them for the Peace Prize are never identified by the Nobel Committee, but those nominating can publicize their choices. The Norwegian peace research institute PRIO compiles a list of candidates known to have been proposed, and it told news service Nettavisen in January that an American had nominated Trump.
Olav Njølstad, director of the Nobel Institute in Oslo, told the newspaper Washington Post this week that the committee contacted the person who allegedly had nominated Trump, only to be told that he or she had not nominated the controversial US president. Njølstad won’t reveal the name used in the suspicious nomination. It’s believed to be the first time an identity is misused in a Nobel nomination, with the Post reporting that the FBI had joined the investigation.