President Trump used the resignations to resume his attack on the network's credibility and tweeted Tuesday morning, "Wow, CNN had to retract big story on 'Russia, ' with 3 employees forced to resign".
It claimed that Scaramucci met with the head of a Russian investment fund in the weeks leading up to Trump's inauguration as US President.
CNN executives, from CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker on down, believe they can not get stories wrong given Trump's willingness to attack the network.
According to CNN, the story published on June 20 did not comply with the standards of quality, precision and exhaustive reviews imposed by the editorial department, particularly because it was based on a single anonymous source.
Trump has long had an antagonistic relationship with CNN, frequently targeting the network in his tweets and describing it as everything from "unwatchable" to "the worst". "FAKE NEWS!" The story was posted on CNN's website Thursday and was removed, with all links disabled, on Friday night. The story was disputed the following day by Anthony Scaramucci, one of the associates named in the report, who pushed back against the article.
CNN publishes a story on June 22 that connects Anthony Scaramucci, a longtime Trump supporter, to a $10 billion Russian investment firm, per the Washington Examiner. After being contacted by a reporter for BuzzFeed, CNN posted an editor's note retracting the story, saying it did not meet the network's editorial standards, and it apologized to Scaramucci.
But several network officials were caught off-guard when the story appeared online, the people said, signaling that it had not received the proper approvals.
The Congress is making independent investigations about Russian interference in the U.S. presidential elections, won by Donald Trump.
Sanders also mentioned the video, released by Project Veritas on Monday, in which CNN producer John Bonifield saying that the issue of an alleged collusion between Moscow and Trump was being fuelled deliberately. Being a highly regarded reporter, he had been working for the New York Times for 15 years.
RT has reached out to CNN for comment, but has yet to receive a response. CNN accepted the journalists' resignations Monday. Speaking with a Project Veritas reporter, Bonifield said that the "whole Russian Federation shit" was "bullshit". "They just forgot to call it "Breaking News" and have a countdown clock". The law firm of one victim recently sued O'Keefe, alleging violation of a federal wiretap law.
CNN responded to the tweet by citing the network's high ratings in the wake of the around-the-clock coverage of the Trump administration.