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Why Did 3 Journalists Resign From CNN? Donald Trump's Gleeful Twitter Reaction

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Frank and Lichtblau worked out of the CNN D.C. bureau; Haris was based in NY.

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

The episode is a damaging blow for a network that Mr Trump has frequently derided as "fake news", and for a story that never even made it onto any of CNN's television networks. Trump expressed amazement at the retraction and resignations on Twitter and again accused CNN of publishing other "fake news". Bloomberg reported in January that a meeting did happen between Scaramucci and the Russia Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), but BuzzFeed News reported Tuesday that one inaccuracy appeared to stem from whether RDIF was attached to a sanctioned financial entity Vnesheconombank.

Scaramucci denied any wrongdoing, and later applauded CNN for doing "the right thing" by retracting the story:"It's ok".

CNN said it retracted the piece because the information was not "solid enough" to publish.

Thomas Frank, a veteran reporter who wrote the story; his editor, Eric Lichtblau, who recently came from the New York Times; and Lex Haris, the man who oversaw the CNN Investigates unit and has worked at CNN since 2001, chose to depart Monday. "As Executive Editor of that team, I have resigned", Haris said in a statement. "I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go".

On Tuesday, O'Keefe pressed CNN and its senior media correspondent Brian Stelter to address the Bonifield video.

He continued: "So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC?"

The President Of The United States is now under federal investigation for obstruction of justice related to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

To the extent of Bonifield's own assessment of the Russian Federation story, that's a fair point. However, the reporters' resignations show the importance of publications' standing behind their journalistic processes, along with being committed to stopping fake news. Purveyors of fake news, after all, don't take drastic personnel moves following a bogus story.

A man, identified as a producer for CNN says, in an undercover video, that President Donald Trump is "probably right" in claiming Russian Federation investigations are witch hunts. They rejoice in it.

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