- Time Warner's news division CNN has accepted the resignations of three journalists
- The Russia-related story reported Congress was investigating the ties of a Russian investment fund to an aide of U.S. President Donald Trump
- CNN had reported an internal investigation by its management found that certain editorial processes were not followed
Time Warner's news division CNN has accepted the resignations of three journalists after the publication of a Russia-related article that was later retracted, a CNN rep 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 President Donald Trump.
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.
Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to lambaste CNN and accuse other media outlets of producing "fake news."
Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories. Ratings way down
So they caught Fake News CNN cold, but what about NBC, CBS & ABC? What about the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost? They are all Fake News!
CNN's public relations team refuted Trump's ratings claim, also on Twitter.
CNN just posted its most-watched second quarter in history Those are the facts
The CNN 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 Nov. 8 electoral win.