Thomas Frank, Eric Lichtblau and Lex Haris have all left the company in the wake of the story.
Over the weekend, BuzzFeed broke the news that CNN had taken the unusual step of removing a story from its website about a supposed congressional investigation into a meeting between financier and Trump transition team member Anthony Scaramucci and a Russian investment fund. The story, which was published Thursday and pulled down Friday, was replaced with an editor’s note that said it “did not meet CNN’s editorial standards.”
On Monday, the other shoe dropped, and three experienced journalists involved with the story — Thomas Frank, who wrote the piece; the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eric Lichtblau, who edited the piece; and Lex Haris, executive editor of CNN Investigatives — resigned from the network.
“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 network spokesperson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. The news was first reported by The Washington Post.
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