CNN retracted a story it printed connecting a prominent adviser of President Donald Trump to Russia, and apologized for the piece, which the president called as “very fake news.”
In a statement, CNN said “On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund.”
“That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.”
The Daily Caller reports:
The original CNN story had to be updated before it was ultimately deleted for additional inaccurate information beyond the false statements concerning an investigation into Scaramucci.
Scaramucci accepted CNN’s apology and dismissed the story as a mistake, calling CNN’s decision to retract it a classy move.
The retraction was posted on the news organization’s Twitter account late Friday night.
The story, which has been removed online and replaced with an editor’s note, was based on the statements of an unnanmed congressional official.
The piece claimed that Senate official are looking into allegations that Scaramucci talked about lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia with Kirill Dmitriev days before the president’s inauguration.
Dmitriev is the CEO of Russian Direct Investment Fund, which is managed by a Kremlin-controlled bank.