Report: CNN Retracted Russia Story About Trump Adviser Under Threat Of $100 Million Lawsuit

CNN immediately caved …

The prospect of a $100 million libel suit caused CNN to retract a story alleging an adviser to President Donald Trump had covert ties to Russia.

“The cable network’s coverage of Trump transition team member Anthony Scaramucci came amid federal scrutiny of corporate parent Time Warner’s pending purchase by AT&T — and the widespread belief among media execs that CNN President Jeff Zucker can’t survive a merger,” the New York Post reported.

Based on a single unnamed source, the CNN story alleged Scaramucci was being investigated by the Senate Intelligence Committee for ties to a Russian controlled investment fund and that the Trump adviser may have “promised to lift the Russia sanctions.”

CNN retracted the story last Friday, a day after it was published, saying it “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards,” and adding, “CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.”

Scaramucci tweeted the next day that he accepted the network’s apology.


CNN also asked for the resignations of three of its employees involved in the story: reporter Thomas Frank, editor Eric Lichtblau and Lex Haris, the executive editor for CNN’s investigative unit.

Trump responded on Twitter on Tuesday.



In January, President-elect Trump and his top adviser Kellyanne Conway took CNN to task for promoting the unsubstantiated “Russian dossier” story.

During the Tuesday press briefing, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed out that CNN has been “repeatedly wrong” in its reporting about Trump.

Sanders also appeared to reference a Project Veritas video, in which CNN producer John Bonifield admitted to an undercover journalist the network covered the Russian story so heavily for ratings purposes.

In the video, Bonfield said, the story is “mostly bulls–t right now. Like, we don’t have any giant proof.”

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Source: Western Journalism

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