CNN apologises to Trump aide as Russia-related article is retracted and three journalists resign

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 June, 2017, 1:56pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 June, 2017, 1:56pm

CNN has accepted the resignations of three journalists after the publication of a Russia-related online article that was later retracted, a CNN spokesperson said on Monday.

The three journalists included Thomas Frank, the writer of the story; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in CNN’s investigative unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, the network had earlier reported.

The Russia-related story, published on Thursday, reported Congress was investigating the ties of a Russian investment fund to an aide of US President Donald Trump.

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CNN had reported an internal investigation by its management found that certain editorial processes were not followed when the article was published.

The report said CNN had deleted the story from its website on Friday night after its investigation.

The story was replaced with an editor’s note of apology to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump aide who was reported to be investigated in the story.

Trump has been critical of CNN, calling the news outlet “fake news” and refusing to take a CNN reporter’s questions at his first formal news conference earlier in the year after his November 8 electoral win.