Three CNN employees have resigned after the outlet deleted a story from its website that claimed there were possible ties between Russia and an associate of President Donald Trump.
In the wake of their resignation, Donald Trump Jr is calling for CNN’s president Jeff Zucker to publicly explain, saying the story is ‘the biggest fake news scandal in the network’s history’.
Thomas Frank, Eric Lichtblau and Lex Haris were all involved in CNN’s new investigative unit and left the company Monday.
Frank wrote the deleted story, Lichtblau was an editor in the unit and Haris oversaw the unit.
‘In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication,’ a spokesperson said.
Thomas Frank, pictured, and two other CNN employees who were all part of an investigative team at the network resigned Monday after CNN deleted and retracted a story that Frank wrote that claimed there were possible ties between Russia and an associate of President Donald Trump
Eric Lichtblau, left, and Lex Haris, right, also resigned Monday. Lichtblau, who only joined CNN three months ago was an editor on CNN Investigates and Haris, who previously oversaw CNNMoney oversaw the unit.
CNN wasn’t saying Monday what led it to retract the Russia-related story.
The story reported that Congress was investigating ties of a Russian investment fund to an aide of President Trump.
The network issued a retraction after deleting the Russian ties story from its website and all social media accounts late on Friday night, just weeks after the network had to back down on a separate report about fired FBI director James Comey.
They published the claims on Thursday and cited one anonymous source.
The source had claimed congressional investigators were looking at a ‘$10-billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team four days before Trump’s inauguration’.
CNN reported that Anthony Scaramucci – one of Trump’s transition members and a campaign adviser – had met with the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which is overseen by the state-run bank, Vnesheconombank, that is currently under US sanctions.
The network published an editor’s note on its website saying the story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards. They have not given any further reason as to why the story was removed.